Thursday, January 29, 2009

National Arbor Day Foundation Honors Tree City USA Miami

Today, the National Arbor Day Foundation recognized the City of Miami as an official "Tree City USA" for the second year in a row. The City was further honored with a Tree City USA Growth Award, which recognizes the tireless, collaborative and innovative efforts of a multiple City departments in improving community tree care and increasing our tree canopy.
When I took office in 2001, one of my goals was to make Miami a greener city through increased tree plantings and care. I created the City's first-ever Tree Master Plan (which you can read here) with the support of the Urban Forestry Working Group and other members of my Green Commission. The Plan creates minimum standards in order to enhance, restore and stabilize the City’s tree canopy cover by a minimum of 30 percent by 2017, and is in accordance with the Kyoto Protocol. This year, we expanded our Tree Program with the website, which provides resources and information about how you can get a free native tree.
Today is a proud day for the City of Miami. I would like to recognize the Neighborhood Enhancement Teams (NET), the General Services Administration and the Offices of Grants Administration, Public Works, Parks & Recreation and Sustainable Initiatives (MSI) for their invaluable work that is making this City greener everyday.
Please know that we also need your help to increase Miami's tree canopy. Visit and join us for Volunteer Tree Plantings throughout the year. Also, I invite you to call your local NET office at 305-960-4638 and let us know if a street in your neighborhood needs a tree.