Arbor Day Foundation and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Recognize The Town of Devon as a Tree City of the World
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Arbor Day Foundation and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Recognize The Town of Devon as a Tree City of the World

Arbor Day Foundation and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Recognize The Town of Devon as a Tree City of the World
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Devon joins an international network of cities dedicated to fostering the best urban forestry practices

The Town of Devon joins the international programme, Tree Cities of the World, to highlight its dedication to growing and maintaining its city's urban forestry efforts.

The Arbor Day Foundation is the world's largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Both organizations came together in 2019 to found Tree Cities of the World. The programme is a global effort to recognize cities and towns committed to ensuring that their urban forests and trees are properly maintained, sustainably managed, and duly celebrated.

“Trees are important to people, no matter what country they are from or what language they speak, said Dan Lambe, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “We all want to live in a city that is healthy, resilient, and beautiful – trees serve as a common language to make that possible. Being recognized in the Tree Cities of the World programme means that your city is committing to go above and beyond to define trees as critical green infrastructure for your citizens.”

Planting trees in a metropolitan area comes with a myriad of benefits beyond the recognition of this programme. Increasing the number of trees in a community can help reduce costs for energy, storm water management, and erosion control. In addition, the programme provides a network of like-minded city leaders in urban forestry to celebrate and share best practices to cultivate greenery in the community. Tree Cities of the World aims to create more green spaces in urban areas by recognizing the cities that do it well.

“It is an honour to be recognized as one of the Tree Cities of the World for the second year in a row. There are 21 recognized cities here in Canada and I am proud Devon is one of them,” said Mayor Craddock. “The Volunteer base here in Devon is amazing for beautifying our community and I would like to thank each and every one of you for your contributions that led Devon into receiving this recognition on the world stage.”

Devon has earned recognition as a Tree City in the programme’s third year. To earn Tree Cities of the World recognition, Devon demonstrated its commitment by meeting five programme standards: establish responsibility for the care of trees, set rules to govern the management of forests and trees, maintain an updated inventory or assessment of local tree resources, allocate resources for a tree management plan, and hold an annual celebration of trees to educate residents.

More information on the program is available here.

About the Arbor Day Foundation

Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation is the world’s largest membership nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees. With a focus in communities and forests of greatest need, the Foundation — alongside its more than 1 million members, supporters and valued partners — has helped to plant nearly 500 million trees in more than 50 countries. Guided by its mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees, the Arbor Day Foundation is committed to unlocking the power of trees to help solve critical issues facing people and the planet. Learn more about the impact of the Arbor Day Foundation here.



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