The City of Shelton is officially recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. To maintain this esteemed designation, the City is required to meet a set of standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. These include:
- The designation of a Tree Board that is responsible for the maintenance, health, viability, and monitoring of trees within City limits.
- The passage of a tree-care ordinance outlining the City’s operational plan for public tree care.
- Maintaining an annual community forestry budget of $2 per capita.
- An official Arbor Day proclamation.
On Monday, April 24, 2017 the City Commission issued a proclamation declaring April 28th as Arbor Day in the City of Shelton. Residents are encouraged to recognize the importance of trees in our community, and express this through the observance and celebration of Arbor Day. Trees provide a variety of benefits. They help to improve the visual appeal of neighborhoods, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants, and provide critical wildlife habitat.
Trees and forest products are an integral part of Shelton’s vibrant history, and the City is committed to maintaining responsible urban forest management practices into the future.
For more information on the history of Arbor Day, and creative ways to celebrate the importance of trees, visit: https://www.arborday.org/celebrate/