April 29, 2016

For Immediate Release

Contact:          Natalie Eggeman (260-427-6028)

                        Public Information Officer

Fort Wayne Receives Tree City USA® Recognition, Growth Award

Fort Wayne, IN—Mayor Tom Henry was joined today by Towles Elementary Montessori School, Trees Indiana, Comcast Cares, Parks & Recreation Director Al Moll and Superintendent of Urban Forestry Chad Tinkel to celebrate Arbor Day.

The entire student body joined the Arbor Day celebration, with student council members sharing Arbor Day presentations and helping to plant the ceremonial tree.

 Mayor Henry read an Arbor Day proclamation and announced that Fort Wayne has been named a “Tree City USA” for the 26th year in a row. This designation--awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters--was earned for the City of Fort Wayne’s tree canopy stewardship and continued commitment to a green city. Fort Wayne also earned their eleventh Growth Award from the National Arbor Day Foundation for a higher standard of forestry management of the City’s 65,000 public trees.

More information about Tree City USA can be found at www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA. The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit, environmental, and education organization of nearly one million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at www.arborday.org.

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