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April 26, 2018

Chandler receives Tree City USA designation

5th year City recognized by Arbor Day Foundation

Chandler was recognized as a Tree City USA community in ceremonies held Tuesday, April 24, at the Arizona Capital Museum in Phoenix. Vice Mayor Nora Ellen represented Chandler at the ceremony, which was marked with the planting of a commemorative tree.

This is the fifth consecutive year Chandler has received the designation from the Arbor Day Foundation in collaboration with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

“Trees were an important part of Dr. A.J. Chandler's plan for the town and filled the downtown square,” said Vice Mayor Ellen. “A cork oak tree he is said to have planted is still living south of town alongside Ryan Road.”

The requirements to be a Tree City USA community are a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observation and proclamation. The City celebrated Arbor Day Saturday, April 21, during Chandler’s annual Earth Day & Arbor Day event at Veterans Oasis Park.

Chandler has a tree donation program that accepts living trees or donations for trees to be planted throughout the City’s park system. One of the more popular locations has been Desert Breeze Park in west Chandler. Anyone riding the narrow-gage train in the park has ridden past more than a dozen donated trees lining the track near the tennis courts.

Information about the tree donation program is available on the City’s Web site, www.chandleraz.gov, or by calling 480-782-2753.