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Irvington, NY was named a 2021 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. Irvington achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: forming a tree board or department, creating a tree-care ordinance, having an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. “Tree City USA communities benefit from the positive effects that an urban tree canopy has year after year,” said Dan Lambe, Chief Executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The trees being planted and cared for by Irvington ensure that generations to come will enjoy a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program helps cultivate a sense of stewardship and pride for the trees the community plants and cares for.” Planting trees in an urban space comes with a myriad of benefits past the recognition of this program. Urban tree plantings help reduce energy consumption by up to 25%, which will reduce general energy costs and help with the overall cooling of the Village as well. In addition, members of the community benefit from properly placed trees as they increase property values from 7 – 20%. Trees also positively affect the local ecosystem by helping to clean water and create animal habitats to encourage biodiversity.