Skaneateles: Community honored for 'urban forest'

Residents and visitors to Skaneateles alike often take pride in the tree filled parks and tree lined streets in the lakeside community.

Now, for the fifth year, those feelings can be safely harbored in the knowledge that hard work by officials and volunteers has once again earned Skaneateles the designation as a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation, said Mayor Bob Green.

Green announced the community had earned the honor once again during the village's regular meeting Monday May 24.

According to the Arbor Day Foundation, the Tree City USA program is sponsored by the foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

"We commend Skaneateles's [sic] elected officials, volunteers and its citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest," said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation, in a press release. "Trees provide numerous environmental, economical and health benefits to millions of people each day, and we applaud communities that make planting and caring for trees a top priority."

To earn the distinction, Skaneateles had to meet four standards -- have a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance or proclamation.

For more information about the Arbor Day Foundation and Tree City USA, log onto arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.

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