City continues commitment to environment, tree planting

(Thursday, April 3, 2008)  The City of West Palm Beach is continuing its commitment to protecting the environment and beautifying the city by completing the replacement of more than 350 trees that had been damaged or destroyed by recent hurricanes.

A total of 358 trees were replaced, all of which suffered damage during hurricanes Francis and Jeanne in 2004.  The replacement trees are Florida native species and hurricane resistant, and include Live Oaks, Crape Myrtles, Pigeon Plums and Green Buttonwoods.  They were planted by the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation in parks throughout the City.

“This tree planting program will beautify our wonderful and diverse network of City parks, as well as further our efforts to protect the environment,” said Mayor Lois J. Frankel.

The City paid for the tree replacement program with a $100,000 grant from the United States Forestry Service through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Urban and Community grant program.

The City of West Palm Beach was recently recognized as a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation, honoring the City’s commitment to planting and preserving trees as part of an ongoing community forestry program.  This marks the seventeenth year the City of West Palm Beach has received this national recognition.