The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced recently that Branford and New Canaan join 17 other communities in Connecticut as Tree City USA’s for 2010. This is a national designation, created by the Arbor Day Foundation in Nebraska, as a means of honoring those cities and towns who have demonstrated a commitment to maintaining the local urban forest and tree canopy cover.
Once a Tree City USA, communities need to reapply each year in order to retain that distinction.
The nineteen Tree City USA’s, with number of years in parentheses, are:
East Hartford (15)
New Canaan (new)
New Haven (3)
West Haven (2)