City of Peoria Press Release
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The city of Peoria was recently recognized by the Western Chapter
of the International Society of Arboriculture with the 2011 International
Society of Arboriculture Gold Leaf Award. The award was given for the city's
Arbor Day celebration at Parkridge Elementary School
Peoria Named a Top Tree City
Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture and The Arbor Day Foundation recognize city for its efforts.
The city of Peoria successfully partnered with schools in the Peoria United
School District to educate students and plant trees in empty spaces, creating
areas of natural shade and installing a sense of stewardship within the
children. The theme of these projects is “Step Under the Branches of our Urban
Forest”, also known as SUB Urban Forest.
In 2011, Peoria’s Parks SUB Urban Forest Program collaborated with David
Svornic’s 6th grade class and the other students from Parkridge Elementary
School for an Arbor Day celebration and planted forty trees. The students were
mentored by an arborist from the city, and guided through tree selection and
design over a three month period. The students designed the planting, selected
the tree’s species and led fellow students during the planting on Arbor Day.
The Arbor Day Celebration was held on April 29th, 2011 at Parkridge Elementary
School in Peoria. Representatives from Arizona Department of Forestry, the
Arizona Community Tree Council, the City of Peoria and APS joined the students
and faculty in the celebration and tree planting.
Traditionally the Gold Leaf Award has been used to acknowledge outstanding Arbor
Day efforts as well as a way to acknowledge outstanding landscape beautification
efforts not associated with Arbor Day. Past winners include Disneyland Resort
Arboriculture, California Oak Foundation, City of Encinitas, Calif., and Arizona
Community Tree Council.
The Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture was formed in
1934. It is a nonprofit corporation comprised of over 3200 persons in Arizona,
California, Hawaii and Nevada engaged or interested in the practice of
arboriculture. The organization is dedicated to fostering a greater appreciation
for trees by promoting research and education to advance the professional
practice of arboriculture.
Peoria was also recognized as a Tree City USA by The Arbor Day Foundation. The
Tree City USA program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with
the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters,
provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national
recognition for urban and community forestry programs. The many benefits of
being a Tree City include creating a framework for action, education, a positive
public image, and citizen pride. This is the fourth year Peoria has been
recognized as a Tree City USA.