Trees make our town a special place to live. They shade our homes, our businesses and our streets. They clean our air and water, reduce storm water run-off, increase our property values, reduce energy costs and make our neighborhoods greener, safer, and healthier. And I know that as a leader in our community, you share in understanding the value of community trees.
More than 3,400 communities across the United States have achieved the “Tree City, USA” designation sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, including every municipality with which Johns Creek shares a border. Duluth has held this distinction for 29 years, Alpharetta for 28 years, Suwanee for 28 years, Roswell for 26 years, Berkeley Lake for 19 years, and Peachtree Corners for 3 years. Even Milton, which incorporated as a city at the same time as Johns Creek, has been designated a “Tree City, USA” community for 9 years.
Tree City USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation would highlight our commitment to urban forestry, community improvement and civic pride. I urge you to help our town earn this annual, national recognition by supporting community forestry in our city.
Our trees are a vital asset. In fact, our green infrastructure is likely the only part of our city’s infrastructure that actually increases in value and service over time. The Tree City USA program provides an outstanding framework for managing this important asset. Thank you for your support of our trees as a vital community resource.