Ambridge Named a Tree City USA Community

Joins thousands of other cities for their efforts to protect urban shade trees

Ambridge's shady parks and tree-lined streets already make it a lovely town. Now the whole country knows Ambridge is a place that treasures its trees. The city has been named a Tree City USA community.

"The borough is very serious about its commitment to be a good steward of the environment," council President Michael Mikulich told the Beaver County Times . "Part of that commitment means providing an outstanding level of tree care."

Trees keep the town beautiful spring, winter and fall (Images: Ambridge Facebook Page)

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service. 3400 cities and towns across the country have been designated under the program, including Ambridge's neighbors, Beaver and Edgeworth. Pittsburgh is on the list too.

There's pretty detailed application process to be declared a Tree City. One of the things you must have to get a Tree City designation is a Shade Tree Commission. According to the Times, each year Ambridge's commission joins with community volunteers and the public works department to plant on average 20 new trees throughout the borough.

Trees line the streets, especially in the city's historic neighborhoods

The commission also chose new trees to be planted in May as part of the new streetscape project along Merchant Street. Sparkt recently wrote about the fact that a number of communities in the region are getting significant streetscape grants to spruce up their main streets.

The Shade Tree Commission is looking for volunteers to assist with planting the new trees as part of the 13th annual community wide cleanup and planting day, May 4th. Volunteers will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Polish Falcons Club on Eighth Street.

Click here to find out if your town is a Tree City USA.

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