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Posted on: February 13, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Avondale Estates Celebrates Arbor Day with Tree Planting

Arbor Day

When: Friday, February 15, 2019 at 2 p.m. 

Where: 31 Lakeshore Drive

The City of Avondale Estates invites the community to celebrate Arbor Day and the City's 35th year as a Tree City. Avondale Estates is one of the few tree cities in DeKalb County, and one of the first in the state of Georgia. The Avondale Estates Garden Club has once again donated funds for the purchase of the tree.

The Arbor Day Foundation highlights the importance of planting trees on Arbor Day. "The trees we plant clean air, beautify our neighborhoods, provide homes for wildlife, conserve energy and topsoil and help keep the atmosphere in balance. And life is just better when we live amongst the trees."

Avondale Estates was named a 2018 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. The community also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and higher level of tree care. 

Avondale Estates achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. The Tree City USA Programs is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Serivce and the National Association of State Foresters. 

“Tree City USA cities see the impact an urban forest has in a community firsthand,” Arbor Day Foundation President Dan Lambe said. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”

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