SHELTON — The City of Shelton is once again a Tree City USA.
Linden Lampman, state Department of Natural Resources Urban and Community Forestry Program manager, congratulated the Shelton city commissioners for joining 85 other Washington cities that have become a Tree City USA.
“We are so thrilled to have Shelton back as a Tree City USA,” Lampman said.
The recognition came after the city commissioners proclaimed Friday as an Arbor Day celebration, one of the requirements of becoming a Tree City USA.
Lampman presented the commissioners with a Tree City USA flag and after telling them the benefit of trees.
“All of the clean water that is coming down from those uplands has to run through an urban area, and trees actually help to capture some of the stormwater, reduce it, that overland flow, to keep the water clean going into the urban forest,” she said.
The city passed a tree-care ordinance last year, formed a tree management board, agreeing to manage the city’s trees, and celebrate Arbor Day.
Lampman said studies have found that cities with healthy trees have more vibrant economies.
City Commissioner Tracy Moore said the city will plant some dogwoods in celebration of Arbor Day.
The city applied last year to become a Tree City USA. The Arbor Day Foundation, a nonprofit conservation and education organization, sponsors the Tree City USA program.
As part of the ordinance, the city agrees to dedicate at least $2 per capita toward the planting, care and removal of city trees — and the planning efforts to make those things happen.
Moore said the designation would make the city eligible for Arbor Day Foundation grants and allow it to pay for new trees.