Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mayor touts Fort Wayne's ‘urban forest' as city earns 20th Tree City USA recognition; Fort Wayne IN

Mayor touts Fort Wayne's ‘urban forest' The News-Sentinel - Fort Wayne IN:
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry celebrated Arbor Day on Friday by touting the city's commitment to trees. He joined students from St. Joseph-St. Elizabeth Catholic School in planting two trees at Buckner Park, located off Bass Road west of Interstate 69.

He also said the “Tree Commission” he established last year should be supplanted by a “Tree Advisory Board” to become a standing monitor of urban-forestry practices that would report directly to him.

“Our trees are one of Fort Wayne's remarkable assets,” said Henry. “They clean our air, keep us cool, dampen noise and beautify our world. To keep them working hard for us, they need our attention. While many cities are cutting their tree programs, I am committed to finding other funding sources that will help us preserve our exceptional urban forest and keep our trees great, green and growing.”

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