The City of Independence was named a 2018 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. The City’s Tree Commission takes an active role in this effort each year and has events planned in April and June to help educate the public on trees and gardening.
“The City of Independence has many neighborhoods with trees that are decades if not centuries old,” Mayor Eileen Weir said. “Trees play an important role in not only the physical health of our community but also the appeal of our neighborhoods and tourism attractions.”
Independence 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.
"Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand," Arbor Day Foundation President Dan Lambe said. "Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it's through volunteer engagement or public education."
The City will celebrate the Tree City USA recognition and Arbor Day on April 27 at the Garden Faire at the Independence Uptown Market, 211 W. Truman Road, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors can enjoy demonstrations including hypertufa, concrete leaf making, fire pit building, fairy gardens and much more! There will also be a tree raffle thanks to donations from the City’s Power and Light Department.
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.
More information on the program is available at arborday .org/TreeCityUSA
About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million-member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.