Mayor Marcia A. Leclerc proudly announced that the Town of East Hartford has once again been designated a “Tree City USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation. It is the Town’s 21st year receiving this prestigious recognition.
“I am very proud that our town is a Tree City USA,” said Mayor Marcia A. Leclerc. “It is great to be recognized for our commitment to the environment and to making our town a beautiful and healthy place to live and work. Tree City USA is a designation we have maintained for many years, and I am proud of the dedicated residents and town staff who make this possible.”
“This 21st Tree City USA designation means a lot for the Town of East Hartford,” said Public Works Director and Tree Warden Timothy Bockus. “It reflects a long term commitment by town leadership, residents, the Beautification Commission, and the Department of Public Works to clean air, a beautiful community, economic vitality, and sustainability. Trees have been shown to increase property values by as much as 10-20%, reduce energy costs, and improve air quality. They are an asset to all of East Hartford’s residents. I want to thank Mayor Leclerc for her continued and unwavering support of our Tree City USA program.”
East Hartford earned its Tree City USA designation by having an official tree board (the Beautification Commission), a tree-care ordinance, and dedicating a budget of at least $2 dollars per capita to community forestry. The Town is committed to providing a safe, healthy and attractive community for our residents, workers, and guests by fostering and protecting our trees and urban forests.
The Mayor will celebrate the Town’s designation at an Arbor Day Ceremony at Pitkin Elementary School on Friday, April 28, at 9:30AM.