The City of Casa Grande is proud to receive the designation as a Tree City USA community for the tenth year. This distinction, which is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation, recognizes communities who demonstrate a commitment towards effective urban forest management. In order to receive the Tree City USA designation, a community must meet the program’s four core requirements, which include maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree care ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and hosting an Arbor Day celebration.
Casa Grande’s Parks Superintendent Rod Wood was presented with a certificate of recognition for the designation on April 18, 2017 at the State Arbor Day celebration, hosted by the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.
Casa Grande joins 3,400 other Tree City USA communities across the nation in qualifying for this recognition. Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitats, among many other benefits.
As part of the City’s ongoing efforts to maintain its vital green infrastructure, the Casa Grande City Council recently approved a contract to conduct tree inventory and maintenance work at Peart Park. Starting today, contractor West Coast Arborist will perform general tree care maintenance of approximately 81 trees, and conduct a GPS tree inventory and analysis of approximately 108 trees in Peart Park. The work will be documented in work history of Arbor Access and will be supervised by an ISA Certified Arborist and ISA Certified Tree Worker.
For questions or more information on the city’s ongoing tree maintenance or its Tree City USA designation, please contact the Parks Division at (520) 421-8600.