City of Melbourne Earns Tree City USA Designation for the 30th Year in a Row
The Arbor Day Foundation has named the City of Melbourne a “Tree City USA” for the 30th year in a row. The city has earned this designation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forestry practices and for consistently meeting the foundation’s specific standards of a good tree care program.
Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. “Throughout our community, trees beautify our roads, public spaces and parks,” said Kevin Briski, City of Melbourne Director of Parks, Recreation and Golf. “They also offer shade and have a cooling effect in more urban areas, such as Downtown Melbourne.”
Tree City USA is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. More information on the program is available at on the Arbor Day Foundation website.
On January 21/Arbor Day, the new sign commemorating the City of Melbourne's 30th year of being a Tree City USA was unveiled. Pictured from left to right are Council Member Yvonne Minus; Vice Mayor Debbie Thomas; Director of Parks, Recreation and Golf Kevin Briski; Mayor Kathy Meehan; and City Manager Shannon Lewis.
Mayor Meehan and Council Member Minus joined with University Park Elementary students in the annual Arbor Day ceremonial tree planting on January 21.