ARBOR DAY in LEWES04/15/2016
CITY OF LEWES NAMED TREE CITY USA
15 years in a row
Arbor Day tree talk and planting of Red Maple in George H.P. Smith Park
The City of Lewes has been honored by the Arbor Day Foundation with a Tree City USA designation for 2016. This marks the 15th year in a row for Lewes. The city achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board commissioner, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
To celebrate Arbor Day in Lewes, the city will be hosting a tree talk and planting on Friday April 15th at 10:00 a.m. in George H.P. Smith Park. Residents and visitors are welcome to come and learn how to correctly plant a tree in their yard and what kind of care is needed for a new tree to thrive. The talk will be given by Kesha Braunskill of the Delaware Forest Service as the park & recreation commissioners plant a new red maple tree in George H.P. Smith Park with the assistance of Bartlett Tree Experts. A few seedling trees will be given away to the first couple of residents and visitors who attend the tree talk in the park.
The City of Lewes passed a resolution in 2011 to increase the city forest canopy density from 27 percent to 35 percent by 2021. To reach that goal, the city worked with Bartlett Tree Experts on a management plan and tree inventory program and uploaded the data into a tree management software program called ArborScope. Over eight hundred city trees have been inventoried and each have a bronze numbered tag on them. A person can learn more about a particular tree such as its species, age, and health just by entering the tag number into the ArborScope program.
Canary Creek subdivision will also be celebrating Arbor Day and assisting the city to increase the forest canopy by planting ten Crape Myrtles and ten Serviceberry trees along Samantha drive on Friday April 15th as well.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.