Mayor Sam Teresi let the community Arbor Day celebration on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017. The planting of 2 – ‘Purple Prince’ Crabapple Trees took place in front of Russell E. Diethrick, Jr. Park on Falconer Street to proclaim Jamestown a Tree City USA Community by the Arbor Day Foundation. The City of Jamestown has earned this national recognition for 36 consecutive years.
Each of the trees was planted in honor of two community members who have dedicated their time and energy toward building Jamestown’s urban forest, Russell E. Diethrick, Jr., and Randall Sweeney. Mr. Diethrick is a former director of the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, and Mr. Sweeney is the executive director of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. The foundation operates an urban forestry fund that generously supports the city’s tree-planting efforts.
This year the City of Jamestown has also received their seventh consecutive Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating progress in its community forestry program. The prestigious Growth Award honors environmental improvement and higher levels of tree care in Tree City USA communities.
“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Jamestown make smart investments in urban forests,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits. Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.”
- Trees promote healthier communities. Leaves filter the air we breathe by removing dust and other particles.
- Trees moderate climate, conserve water and provide vital habitat for wildlife.
- Trees in urban areas reduce the heat island effect caused by pavement and buildings.
- Properly placed trees can increase property values, and buildings in wooded areas rent more quickly and tenants stay longer.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.
More information about Tree City USA can be found at www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.