Celebrates Arbor Day with Prestigious Tree City USA Designation

Photos : Andrew Bettridge

The City of El Monte celebrated Arbor Day on Friday, March 8 with a special ceremony to announce the City’s recent accomplishment of earning a prestigious Tree City USA designation.  Joined by Smokey the Bear and a crowd of residents, community volunteers and school children, the El Monte City Council led the audience in a special tree planting ceremony and plaque dedication at City Hall.

“The fact that the City of El Monte is now designated as a Tree City USA city is a phenomenal accomplishment and will help preserve our community’s character,” said City Councilwoman Norma Macias, who helped lead the City’s effort.  “Thanks to the hard work of our staff, future generations of El Monte residents, including these school children, will enjoy the many benefits of our City’s trees.”

The Arbor Day celebration brought public awareness to the various social, economical, and environmental benefits that planting and cultivating trees within the city provides. All attendees received a gift tree seedling to honor the special event.

“I am so proud to celebrate this accomplishment during the City’s first Arbor Day celebration,” said El Monte Mayor Andre Quintero.  “I hope this sends a message to all of our residents that El Monte is a tree-friendly city.  This designation is a significant effort to keep El Monte beautiful and environmentally conscious.”  The Mayor also recognized key El Monte staff members, the San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps, Cal Fire and the US Forest Services for their hard work and assistance during the City’s application process.

The Tree City USA program is a national program that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America. Communities achieve Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.  The program is established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters.

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