Mayor Gary W. Starr, Members of Council and the City of Middleburg Heights Service Department worked to become designated for the 17th year as a Tree City USA!
Listed below are 15 reasons why Middleburg Hts. became a Tree City
- Encourages better care of community forests.
- Touches the lives of people within the community who benefit daily from cleaner air, shadier streets, and aesthetic beauty that healthy, well-managed urban forests provide.
- Recognizes and rewards communities for annual advancements in urban forestry practices.
- Increases public awareness of the many social, economical and environmental benefits urban forestry practices.
- Provides education to improve current urban forestry practices.
- Builds cooperation between public and private sectors to effectively manage urban forests.
- Encourages, supports, and strengthens effective urban forestry programs in diverse communities nationwide.
- Can make a strong contribution to a community’s pride.
- Serves as a blueprint for planting and maintaining a community’s trees.
- Puts people in touch with other communities and resources that can help them improve their program.
- Brings solid benefits to a community such as helping to gain financial support for tree projects and contributing to safer and healthier urban forests.
- Helps present the kind of image that most citizens want to have for the place they live or conduct business.
- Tells visitors, through signage, that here is a community that cares about its environment.
- Sometimes gives preference over other communities when allocations of grant money are made for trees or forestry programs.
- Provides a way to reach large numbers of people with information about tree care.
Plus trees can retain stormwater runoff
One of the most overlooked and underappreciated services of trees is their ability to reduce the volume of water rushing through gutters and pipes following a storm. Through the collective action of leaves and the anchoring and absorbing effects of roots, trees also contribute to soil stabilization, cleaner water and the recharge of groundwater that serves as drinking water supply.
Please click the link to view our “Trees Tame Stormwater”— Interactive Poster.