Board proclaims Arbor Day on May 22 in Farmington

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FARMINGTON — For the 33rd year, Farmington has been designated a Tree City USA Community by the Arbor Day Foundation, and selectmen on Tuesday unanimously proclaimed May 22 as Arbor Day in town.

In observance of the day, trees will be planted, said Bobbie Hanstein, Conservation Commission chairwoman.  The group will also do maintenance such as pruning, weeding and adding compost to trees and gardens they’ve already planted, she said.

In citing the Tree City USA community honor, the Arbor Day Foundation accredits Farmington with meeting four standards. Farmington has a tree board, the Conservation Commission, a tree-care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The Tree City USA program sponsored by the foundation along with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service, acknowledges communities that realize the importance of planting and caring for trees as they promote healthier communities by filtering air, removing dust and other particles. They also moderate climate, conserve water, reduce the heat affect caused by pavement and buildings in urban areas and increase property value, adding beauty to homes and neighborhoods, according to a foundation release.

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More information about Tree City USA may be found at www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.

abryant@sunjournal.com

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