Devon recognized as a tree town of the world

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The City of Devon has joined the international program, Tree Cities of the World, to highlight its dedication to growing and sustaining its urban forestry efforts.

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The Arbor Day Foundation is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to planting trees. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.

The two organizations came together in 2019 to found Tree Cities of the World. The program is a global effort to recognize cities and towns that are committed to ensuring that their forests and urban trees are properly maintained, sustainably managed and duly celebrated.

“Trees are important to people, no matter where they come from or what language they speak,” said Dan Lambe, executive director of the Arbor Day Foundation. “We all want to live in a healthy, resilient and beautiful city – trees serve as a common language to make this possible.

“Being recognized in the Tree Cities of the World program means your city is committed to going the extra mile to define trees as essential green infrastructure for your citizens.”

Planting trees in a metropolitan area comes with a myriad of benefits beyond the recognition of this program. Increasing the number of trees in a community can help reduce energy, stormwater management, and erosion control costs.

Additionally, the program provides a network of like-minded municipal leaders in urban forestry to celebrate and share best practices for cultivating greenery in the community. Tree Cities of the World aims to create more green space in urban areas by recognizing cities that are doing it well.

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“It is an honor to be named one of the World’s Tree Cities of 2021 and to be one of only 18 cities recognized for this in Canada by the Arbor Day Foundation,” said Mayor of Devon, Jeff Craddock. “We have such an active volunteer base here in Devon who have dedicated 3,000 hours to beautifying our community whilst planting 127 trees and I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your contributions which have enabled Devon to receive this recognition. on the world stage. »

Devon was recognized as Tree City in the program’s third year. To earn Tree Cities of the World recognition, Devon has demonstrated its commitment by meeting five program standards: establishing responsibility for tree care, establishing rules to govern forest and tree management, maintaining an inventory or assessment update local tree resources, allocate resources for a tree management plan, and hold an annual tree celebration to educate residents.

More information about the program is available at https://treecityoftheworld.org.

Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters and valued partners. Since 1972, nearly 500 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests around the world.

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