The City of Eustis will celebrate National Arbor Day on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 10 a.m. at Eustis Heights Elementary School located at 250 W. Atwater Avenue. As part of the event, Mayor Robert Morin will read the National Arbor Day Proclamation and members of Commission, City officials and students from fourth and fifth grade classes will participate in a ceremonial tree planting. The event is open to the public.
Earlier this month, Eustis was named a 201 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. It is the 26th year Eustis has earned this national recognition. In addition, for the 21st consecutive year, Eustis received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating progress in its community forestry program. The prestigious award honors environmental improvement and higher levels of tree care in Tree City USA communities.
Eustis 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 City of Eustis is proud of the recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation and we are excited to involve local students in this important community event,” said Mayor Morin. “We will continue our efforts to maintain and increase the trees within the City as we promote the positive effects trees have on our neighborhoods, environment and wildlife.”
Cleaner air, improved stormwater management and energy savings are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities. Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.
“We want our students to participate in the Arbor Day Celebration because we want to educate our students on the important role trees play in the stability of our environment,” said Eustis Heights Elementary School Principal Chad Frazier. “The more we can educate our students on this issue, the more awareness we bring to our community.”
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters. More information can be found at www.arborday.org