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Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce that the Town of Greece was named a 2021 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

The Town of Greece achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements which include establishing a tree board, creating a tree-care ordinance, having an annual community forestry budget, and observing Arbor Day with a proclamation.

“Tree City USA communities benefit from the positive effects that an urban tree canopy has year after year,” said Dan Lambe, Chief Executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The trees being planted and cared for by Greece ensure that generations to come will enjoy a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program helps cultivate a sense of stewardship and pride for the trees the community plants and cares for”.   

“Preserving our town’s natural beauty is a very important mission. I am honored that the Arbor Day Foundation has granted our Town with this distinguished title. It is a testament to our community’s commitment in conserving our forestry and protecting the natural beauty of our town” said Supervisor Reilich. “The presence of trees in our urban and suburban centers is vital to the public infrastructure of our town and helps to provide an abundant of environmental, social and economic benefits”.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a multi-community non-for-profit conservation and educational organization with the task to inspire people to plant, nurture, and respect trees. For more information on various initiates by the Arbor Day Foundation, please visit arborday.org.

Attached, please find the official correspondence sent to Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich from Arbor Day Foundation Chief Executive Dan Lambe congratulating the Town of Greece on earning recognition as a 2021 Tree City USA.