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Robbinsville Again Named “Tree City USA’’ Community
Arbor Day Foundation Recognizes Township for 8th Time
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – (April 9, 2019) - For the eighth time since 2011, the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Robbinsville Township as a "Tree City USA" Community in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management, ADF President Dan Lambe announced.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. More than 3,400 cities and towns have been recognized as a Tree City USA community.
Robbinsville, which has planted more than 12,000 trees over the past six years, again met the program's four requirements:
* Tree board or department
* Tree care ordinance
* Annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per-capita
* Arbor Day observance and Proclamation
"Tree City Communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,'' Mr. Lambe said. "Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride whether it's through volunteer engagement of public education."
Mercer County Soil Conservation District director Bill Brash, a driving force behind Robbinsville's many accolades since 2011, presented retiring Township Public Works Director Dino Colarocco with the "Forester Emeritus" certificate April 5 for his outstanding work in maximizing the "No Net Loss Reforestation Program" of 2014.
Robbinsville initially gained 5,771 new trees from the NJ Turnpike Authority and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in the spring of 2015 to make up for the nearly 115 acres of forested land the Township ceded for the turnpike expansion. The installment is the remaining 7,000 trees were spaced out over the subsequent three years and were worth $3.4 million.
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.