The City of Noblesville was named a 2014 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is the 25th consecutive year Noblesville has earned this national distinction.
Noblesville also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and a higher level of tree care.
“Trees increase property values, reduce energy use and add beauty to our homes and neighborhoods,” said Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear. “The environment and its sustainability are important aspects of the quality of life our citizens expect in Noblesville.”
The city received Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department; a tree-care ordinance; an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita; and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
“Everyone believes when elected officials, volunteers, and committed citizens in communities like Noblesville make smart investments in urban forests,” said Matt Harris, Arbor Day Foundation chief executive. “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social, and environmental benefits.”
Cleaner air, improved stormwater management, energy savings, and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the United States Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. For more information about the program, visit the Arbor Day TreeCityUSA website.