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West Orange Times & Observer Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022 4 months ago

Arbor Day Foundation names Oakland a Tree City USA for 19th year

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The town of Oakland is dedicated to its lush tree canopy and requires developers to respect the town's position.
by: Amy Quesinberry Community Editor

For the 19th year, Oakland has been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

In 2021, Oakland’s Public Works staff oversaw the installation of 2,562 trees, which included those planted in town, at the Oakland Nature Preserve and within newly constructed neighborhoods.
Oakland has again 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 exceeds these standards and requires developers to replace trees during construction. 

“Due to the trees being planted by developers in the new neighborhoods and a renewed emphasis on tree planting along right of ways and in publicly owned spaces, our per capita expenditure has increased,” said Public Works Director Mike Parker. “Once again, through the efforts of both public and private sectors, the town of Oakland has done a remarkable job in preserving and maintaining our urban tree canopy for future generations.”

The benefits trees bring to urban environments include cooler temperatures, cleaner air, higher property values and healthier residents.

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Amy Quesinberry is the community editor of the West Orange Times & Observer and the Windermere Observer. She was born and raised in Winter Garden, grew up reading the community newspaper and has been employed there as a writer, photographer and editor since 1990....

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