The City of Shelton has again been recognized as a Tree City USA by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources Urban and Community Forestry Program. This is the fifth consecutive year the city has received this esteemed designation. The award and official Arbor Day proclamation was presented to the Shelton City Commission on April 17th by Community Development Director Mark Ziegler.
To maintain its status as a Tree City USA, the city is required to meet a set of standards established by the Arbor Day foundation and the National Association of State Forester. These include:
1- The designation of a Tree Board that is responsible for the maintenance, health, viability, and monitoring of trees within city limits.
2- The passage of a tree-care ordinance outlining the city’s operational plan for public tree care.
3- Maintaining an annual community forestry budget of $2 per capita.
4- An official Arbor Day proclamation.
The costs associated with maintaining these standards are integrated with the existing budget to provide critical urban forestry management services, including pruning, replanting, dangerous tree removal, watering, and general maintenance of tree on city properties.
Urban trees have many benefits, including natural stormwater treatment, slope stabilization, and air pollution reduction. They also provide energy saving shade, critical wildlife habitat, and a boost to property values and aesthetic appeal. Trees and forest products are an integral part of Shelton’s vibrant history, and the city is committed to maintaining responsible urban forestry management practices into the future.
Learn more about the Tree City USA program from the National Arbor Day Foundation: https://www.arborday.org/programs/treecityusa/about.cfm