The Village of Morton Grove was recently informed by the Arbor Day Foundation that it has once again earned the designation as a “Tree City USA”. The designation is in recognition of the Village’s continued commitment to effective urban forest management. 2020 marks the 19th year the Village has been honored with this title. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
Morton Grove has achieved Tree City USA recognition over the years by meeting the program’s four requirements: a department/arborist is accountable for decisions impacting Village trees, the adoption of a tree care/preservation ordinance, the maintenance of an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and the existence of an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Morton Grove make smart investments in urban forests,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.”
Mayor Dan DiMaria was once again pleased with the recognition. “We listen to our residents and find that the overwhelming majority have a great deal of civic pride in living in a community that identifies and brands itself with a focus on the overall health and aesthetic benefits resulting from open space and trees.” The Mayor quipped, “After all, there’s a reason our name is “Morton Grove””. Trees are assets 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.
More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.