For the 21st consecutive year, New Bremen has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. New Bremen 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
“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities make smart investments in urban forests,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.”
Trees are assets 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.
In 2016, sixty-six trees were planted by village staff, 376 were pruned and 5 trees were removed. The number of trees removed was significantly reduced compared to the previous year. In 2015, due to the destruction of the emerald ash borer, 202 trees were removed from our community.
The New Bremen tree commission is seeking new members. The committee meets 6 times a year, typically in the month of January, March, May, July, September and November. If you are interested in serving on the tree commission, contact Parks superintendent, Mike Hibner at (419) 629-3563 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.
ABOUT THE ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million-member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.