City honored for commitment to trees, environment

northlake-beauty-1.JPGThe National Arbor Day Foundation has recognized the City of West Palm Beach as a “Tree City USA,” honoring the City’s commitment to planting and preserving trees as part of an ongoing community forestry program.  This marks the seventeenth year West Palm Beach has received this national recognition.

“Trees make a world of difference in our neighborhoods, our parks and our public spaces,” said Mayor Lois J. Frankel.  “With our tree program, beautification projects and waterfront revitalization, we remain committed to providing lush green space for the public to enjoy.”

In recent months, the City has undertaken major tree-planting and beautification projects throughout the City, including projects on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, Northlake Boulevard (shown in photo) and Flagler Drive.

The Arbor Day Foundation recognizes that trees in cities help clean the air, conserve soil and water, moderate temperature and bring nature in to our daily lives.  Trees are a vital component of infrastructure and provide both environmental and economic benefits.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the U.S.D.A. Forest Service.