By Shoshanna McCollum ~ It’s not easy being green, but the Town of Brookhaven has what it takes. For the fourth consecutive year, they have been designated a Tree City USA award recipient by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
“I am proud to have the Town recognized as a Tree City USA,” says Town Supervisor Ed Romaine. “We have given away and planted thousands of trees and strictly controlled the clearing of trees across Brookhaven to help protect and preserve the environment. I thank the Arbor Day Foundation for honoring the Town and all the residents who have followed our lead to make Brookhaven a greener place to live.”
Brookhaven spends over $1.4 million per year on community forestry programs. Some of the South Shore Long Island communities that have benefitted from Brookhaven’s targeted planting efforts include Brookhaven Hamlet, Mastic Beach, and Blue Point Preserve. All of Brookhaven has benefitted from rigorous legislation to protect the trees that have grown, provided shade from the sun, as well as food and shelter for birds sometimes for generations. At a time when Long Island has seen much of the landscape ravaged by a proliferation of development projects, such protections are ever more essential.
Tree City USA is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, benefits of a Tree City USA program include:
- Reduce costs for energy, stormwater management, and erosion control
- Cut energy consumption by up to 25%
- Boost property values across your community
- Build stronger ties to your neighborhood and community
Not every town on Long Island qualifies for the prestigious Tree City USA designation. Last year only other five municipalities made the cut in Suffolk County; including Babylon, Greenport, Lindenhurst, Smithtown, and Weshampton Beach.
To learn more about Tree City USA and other programs offered by the National Arbor Day Foundation, visit their website at www.arborday.org
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