4/1/2007 - Arbor Day/Hackensack Named “Tree City U.S.A.”

Hackensack Named “Tree City U.S.A.”

Hackensack has been named a “Tree City U.S.A.” community by the National Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to community forestry. It is the FIFTEENTH YEAR Hackensack has received this national recognition.

The “Tree City U.S.A.” program is sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

Hackensack has met the four standards to become a “Tree City U.S.A.”community: a tree board or department (6-member Shade Tree Advisory Committee); a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive (5-year) Community Forestry Plan and an Arbor Day planting and observance. “Trees in our cities and towns help clean the air, conserve soil and water, moderate temperature and bring nature into our daily lives,” said John Rosenow, president of the National Arbor Day Foundation. “Tree City U.S.A. designation recognizes the work of elected officials, staff and citizens who plant and care for the community forest.”

“Trees are a vital component of the infrastructure in our cities and towns, and provide environmental and economic benefits,” Arbor Day Foundation President Rosenow added. “A community and its citizens that recognize these benefits and provide needed care for its trees deserves recognition and thanks.”

The “Learning Tree” will be planted at an Arbor Day ceremony scheduled to take place at 9:30 A.M. on Friday, April 20th at Hackensack’s 5ive/6ix School. NJ State Forester Jack Shuart, who resides in Hackensack, will officiate and present the “Tree City U.S.A.” flag and plaque to Mayor Karen Sasso. Free tree saplings will be distributed to those attending.