Issaquah is named a Tree City for 21st year
April 9, 2014
NEW — 3 p.m. April 9, 2014
Issaquah was named a Tree City USA for its 21st year today in honor of Arbor Day.
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources recognized 84 cities that have been chosen as a Tree City USA. The department said in a release that cities that earn the Tree City USA title for their efforts in keeping urban forests healthy and vibrant.
“Planting the right trees in the right places conserves energy and reduces your energy bills, while helping to fight climate change,” the release said. “Properly placed trees save energy by providing summer shade, winter warmth and seasonal windbreaks. Trees also provide many environmental services, such as contributing to cool and clean water.”
To be acknowledged as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a city needs to have either a tree board or a city department responsible for tree care and management (or both), establish a tree ordinance, spend at least $2 per capita on tree care and celebrate Arbor Day.
Learn how to properly plant and care for new trees on the International Society of Arboriculture website.