WILMINGTON, MA — Jamie Magaldi, Operations Manager of the Wilmington Department of Public Works and Town Tree Warren, recently announced that the National Arbor Day Foundation has designated Wilmington as a “Tree City” through the Tree City USA program.
“This award helps recognize Wilmington for the many efforts and investments made by various departments in tree care, tree conservation, and urban forestry planning,” explained Magaldi at the Board of Selectmen Meeting last week.
Wilmington is one of 3,400 cities and towns across the country to earn this designation for 2020 for demonstrating proactive efforts in tree management. This is Wilmington’s first time receiving the award, which was a primary goal of the town’s Open Space & Recreation Plan.
“Towns that receive a Tree City designation typically see their residents getting more involved in their own tree plantings and better appreciating the benefits trees provide including cleaner air, increased property values, stormwater benefits and community spirit,” added Magaldi.
Magaldi explained the four standards Wilmington had to meet to be eligible for the designation:
- Community must have a tree board or department.
- Community must have a tree care ordinance.
- Community’s forestry program’s annual budget must be at least $2 per capita. (Wilmington spends $11 per capita on tree-related tools, equipment, contractual services, and employees.)
- Community leaders must pass an Arbor Day Ordinance and Proclamation.
As part of the town’s recognition of Arbor Day, Magaldi praised the Wilmington Memorial Library for giving out 300 Fraser Fir seedlings on Arbor Day last year. Building upon last year’s success, the Library is giving out 300 Pin Oak seedlings to residents on Arbor Day on Friday, April 30, 2021, from 9am to 5pm, while supplies last.
Magaldi noted the effort to attain this status was a town-wide effort, and he thanked the DPW, Wilmington Memorial Library, Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library, and Planning & Conservation Director Valerie Gingirch. He also acknowledged the state’s Urban and Community Forestry Program for helping with the application process.
The town intends on re-applying for “Tree City” designation each year. The town will receive a large flag, two large signs, and a small plaque to acknowledge this designation.
Following Magaldi’s presentation, the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved and signed the town’s 2021 Arbor Day Proclamation, which read, in part:
“We urge all citizens to celebrate Arbor Day and to support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands, and, further, we urge all citizens to plant trees to gladden the heart and promote the well-being of this and future generations.”
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