THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Peshtigo Is Named A 2012 Tree City
The City of Peshtigo was named a 2012 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, Nebraska City, Neb. in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is the first year Peshtigo has earned the national designation.
Peshtigo achieved the Tree City USA recognition by meeting the programs four requirements: a tree board or department, tree-care ordinance, annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
Mayor Al Krizenesky reported the designation was a tribute to city residents and Parks Department which have planted trees in the city and parks.
The program is sponsored by the foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters.
Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Peshtigo make smart investments in urban forests, said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the foundation. Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.
Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.
The city now joins 3,400 Tree City USAs, with a combined population of 140 million.