Bayonne Mayor Mark A. Smith announced that the Arbor Day Foundation has named the City of Bayonne a Tree City USA for the eighteenth consecutive year.
Tree City USA municipalities must have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive urban forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance.
Mayor Smith said, â€œI would like to thank the Arbor Day Foundation for recognizing Bayonneâ€™s continuing commitment to trees. Planting trees is good for the environment. Trees also increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas, and beautify residential neighborhoods.â€
John Rosenow, President of the Arbor Day Foundation, said, â€œWe all benefit when communities like Bayonne place a high priority on planting and caring for trees, one of our nationâ€™s most beautiful resources.â€ He continued, â€œTrees shade our homes and add beauty to our neighborhoods, and they also provide many environmental, economic, and social benefits. We applaud Bayonneâ€™s elected officials, volunteers, and citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest.â€
Mayor Smith urges all residents to plant trees and help support the tree program of Bayonneâ€™s Forestry Division. For information on the municipal tree program, please contact Danielle at 201-858-6070.