The Arbor Day Foundation has identified Glendora for the 23rd consecutive year as Tree City USA for its efforts in maintaining its urban forest.
The city was named Tree City USA for 2015 by meeting the Arbor Day Foundation’s four requirements: maintaining a tree board or department, having a tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.
Glendora spends $7.50 per capita towards the planting, care and removal of city trees, said Steve Lawson, parks and community services manager.
“The city is committed to meeting the standards required to be classified as a Tree City USA,” Lawson said. “”We’re committed to preserving our urban forest during the drought by implementing best practices where available.”
Since the state adopted strict water conservation goals, Glendora has implemented an emergency drought ordinance which includes the use of water bags to nurture immature trees, drip irrigation around tree root systems and more, Lawson said.
More than 3,400 communities have made a commitment to becoming a Tree City USA. The program was started by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters in 1976.