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Buckeye Celebrating ten years as Tree City USA community

Post Date:06/11/2018 7:00 am
This past April, Arizona State Forester Jeff Whitney recognized Buckeye for celebrating its tenth year as a Tree City USA community during the state’s Arbor Day Celebration at the State Capitol. 

This past year, Buckeye planted nearly 40 trees as part of its participation as a Tree City USA Community. Tree Sapling at Earl Edgar Park

Since 2008, Buckeye received numerous grants from the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management. In late 2017, a $4,000 grant added the 40 new trees along the walking paths at two of the city’s most popular parks – Earl Edgar Recreation Facility in downtown Buckeye and Sundance Park at Rainbow and Lower Buckeye roads. 

Parks staff also installed an irrigation system and planted the low water use trees along the perimeter of both parks. These trees will beautify the parks, add shade and enhance the aesthetics of the walking paths. As the trees mature, the shade created by the tree canopy will reduce temperatures by 20 degrees compared to full sun exposure.

The Tree City USA program, through the Arbor Day Foundation, provides direction, technical assistance, public awareness and national recognition to communities who understand the value and benefits of trees.

The city of Buckeye is one of 29 Tree City USA communities in Arizona. To learn more about the Tree City USA program, please visit arborday.org/programs/treecityusa/about.cfm