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North Tonawanda is a Tree City

NORTH TONAWANDA — The City of North Tonawanda has invited the public to celebrate its designation by the Arbor Day Foundation as a “2016 Tree City” at 11:30 a.m. April 29 in Gratwick Riverside Park on River Road.

A proclamation will be read by Mayor Arthur G. Pappas where a new tree has been planted in the park. Patrick Marren, a senior forester with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will present the city a Tree City USA flag and a certificate.

More than 3,400 communities have committed to becoming a Tree City, by maintaining a tree board, having a community tree ordinance and spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and an Arbor Day celebration. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the United States Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

“North Tonawanda is proud to be a community that makes the planting and care of trees a priority,” said Pappas in a statement announcing the event.