City recognized for dedication to trees

December 13, 2008 12:12:36 PM PST
For the second time, the city of Belmont has been named a Tree City USA community for its dedication to maintaining healthy trees throughout the city, city officials announced Friday.

To become a Tree City USA community, Belmont had to meet the four standards of having a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance, according to city officials.

Trees promote healthier communities by moderating the climate, conserving water and providing habitat for wildlife, city officials said. In addition, trees in urban areas reduce the heat island effect caused by pavement and buildings.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation.

For more information about Tree City USA, visit