Richmond becomes a Tree City USA!
The City of Richmond has been designated by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a 'Tree City USA' for the year 2009. This designation was applied for by the City of Richmond Parks & Landscaping Division. To have gained this distinction is consistent with the "City of Richmond 5-year Strategic Plan" adopted by City Council.
This is an accomplishment, and can be repeated annually, provided the City of Richmond maintains or surpasses current funded service levels in support of our urban forest. 'Tree City USA' signs can now be officially posted at entry gateways to the city.
With this designation the city enjoys better chances of success when applying for regional and national grant programs to support and expand our urban forest. Unlike the usual nationwide Arbor Day spring celebration the official City or Richmond Arbor Day (appropriately held in autumn like other California jurisdictions) as authorized by City Council is always the third Wednesday of October every year (which is acceptable to the National Arbor Day Foundation).