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City of Modesto, California News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Bill Dufresne, (209) 342-2233
Release Date: Friday, April 10, 2009, 8:30:00 AM

Modesto Named Tree City USA

Modesto has been named a Tree City USA community by The National Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to community forestry. It is the 29th year Modesto has received this national recognition.

Modesto’s community forestry efforts have developed a tremendous legacy for future generations to enjoy. The publicly-owned city forest now totals over 110,000 street and park trees. These trees provide several quality of life benefits for citizens, including improved recreational opportunities, improved air and water quality, reduced temperatures in the "heat island" and reduced energy consumption. The community forest also provides an improved wildlife habitat, reduces noise levels and increases property values.

Over the years, Tree City USA designation is increasingly desirable for a number of reasons, according to John Rosenow, president of the National Arbor Day Foundation. "First of all, there is a growing appreciation of the importance of trees to the environmental quality and economic vitality of our cities; second, citizens and elected officials are realizing that a good tree care program is a wise investment in the future of their community; and finally, a town of any size can participate." The Tree City USA program is sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

For more details, call the City of Modesto Community Forestry Division at (209) 342-2249 Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.