EUSTIS, Fla. (April 19, 2019) – The City of Eustis will celebrate and proclaim National Arbor Day on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Eustis Heights Elementary School located at 250 W. Atwater Ave. As part of the event, a City official will read the National Arbor Day Proclamation and students from fifth grade classes will participate in a ceremonial tree planting. The event is open to the public.
Earlier this month, Eustis was named a 2019 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. It is the 27th year Eustis has earned this national recognition. In addition, for the 22nd consecutive year, Eustis received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating progress in its community forestry program. The prestigious award honors environmental improvement and higher levels of tree care in Tree City USA communities.
Eustis achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements; a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
Cleaner air, improved stormwater management and energy savings are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities. Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.
“We want our students to participate in the Arbor Day Celebration because we want to educate our students on the important role trees play in the stability of our environment,” said Eustis Heights Elementary School Principal Chad Frazier. “The more we can educate our students on this issue, the more awareness we bring to our community.”The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters. More information can be found at www.arborday.org