Greencastle again named Tree City USA
Greencastle has received the 2018 Tree City USA designation by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.
“The Tree City USA designation is an annual reminder of the wonderful asset that the city has in its tree canopy and urban forests,” Mayor Bill Dory said. “It recognizes the long-term commitment the community has to maintain and grow this community asset.”
Greencastle achieved the Tree City 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.
Since 1997, the city has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to trees.
“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.
Greencastle has a network of urban trees and forests including Robe Ann Park, Big Walnut Sports Park, Veterans Memorial Highway, trees along city streets, People Pathways, the DePauw University campus and nature park and Forest Hill Cemetery.
“Each of these community resources is there for the enjoyment of our citizens,” Dory said.
In Greencastle, the city’s Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Planning and Forest Hill Cemetery departments are responsible for tree maintenance and plantings. Work includes removal of diseased or damaged trees, tree maintenance, and the planting of new trees.
Both the Tree Board and Sustainability Commission provide guidance and encouragement.
Private property owners are encouraged to plant trees on their property. A list of native trees can be obtained from the city’s planning office.
More information on the Tree City USA program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA