People observing a tree planting outside.In background, Tree Warden Tim Lecuivre, left, and Forestry Department Supervisor John Deutschmann plant a Yoshino Cherry Tree and answer questions from the public about tree care. / Photo courtesy: Arlington town website

UPDATED May 9: The Arbor Day Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees, has named the town a 2023 "Tree City USA" for its ongoing commitment to urban forest management. Arlington was also granted the Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and tree care, according to the town website.

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Arbor Day was celebrated this year on April 26. The town's tree division honored the environmental holiday by planting a Yoshino cherry tree on the Summer Street side of the police station; this addition was also intended to mark the town's 40th year of being a sister city of Nagaokakyo, Japan.  

“We are honored to have received this award again,” Town Manager Jim Feeney said in a news release. “I’d like to recognize Public Works’ Tree Division, Arlington’s Tree Committee and the public, who all put in great effort in service of the town’s tree population.”  

According to the town website, Arlington received the designation for having met all program requirements, including maintaining a tree department, having a tree-care ordinance, hosting an Arbor Day observance, making a proclamation -- and for an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita; Arlington actually spends more than four times that, approximately $9.58, per capita, according to the town. 

Learn more information about trees in town here >> 

Jan. 15, 2024: Christmas tree drop-off took place Jan. 20 at recycling center

This news announcement was published Tuesday, May 7, 2024, based on information from the town website. It was later updated Thursday, May 9 to correct the spelling of John Deutschmann's name and update his title with the town.