Arbor Day Foundation Names Rehoboth Beach Tree City USA

April 9th, 2018

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, was named a 2017 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. Rehoboth Beach achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements:  a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. The city also received the Tree City USA Growth Award. This is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to recognize high levels of tree care by participating Tree City USA communities. The Growth Award highlights innovative programs and projects as well as an increased commitment of resources for urban forestry. “Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”

Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits. More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.