Tree City USA is an awards program that recognizes local commitments to community trees and
forests. It is administered in Massachusetts by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Dan Churella, chair of the Bedford Arbor Resources Committee (BARC), cited background that the Tree City designation “fosters a sense of pride and good will toward the appearance and livability of the community.”
The town was honored because it continues to meet the foundation’s four standards for the designation.
They are: a tree warden and volunteer committee; a local tree policy or bylaws; a minimum annual budget of $2 per resident for forestry management, tree planting, removal, and maintenance; and annual Arbor Day programming.
Tree City USA was launched by the foundation in 1976. The status is proclaimed on signage at the town’s major points of entry.
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