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For the 17th year, Oakland has been named a 2019 Tree City USA® by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.
Oakland 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 town far exceeds these standards, and also requires developers to replace trees during construction.
In 2019, staff oversaw the installation of more than 300 trees throughout Town.
“The trees being planted and cared for by Oakland are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy a better quality of life…,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Residents of Oakland should be proud to live in a community that makes the planting and care of trees a priority.”
With Tree City USA recognition, Oakland has demonstrated a commitment to doing its part to help address these challenges for Oakland residents now and in the future.
The Arbor Day Foundation recently launched the Time for Trees initiative with unprecedented goals of planting 100 million trees in forests and communities and inspiring 5 million tree planters by 2022. More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.