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Cerritos named a Tree City USA for 19th straight year

March 24, 2017

For the 19th year in a row, Cerritos has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation, the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

The honor is given to select cities throughout the country for their outstanding community forestry programs and commitment to their urban forest. Among the program requirements are the existence of a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive forestry program and an Arbor Day observance.

Since the City's incorporation in 1956, the Public Works Department has planted more than 30,000 trees along City sidewalks and medians, next to freeway ramps and throughout the City's many parks and recreation facilities. In Cerritos, nearly every home has a City tree planted in its parkway. Approximately 250 young trees are planted each year to replace those that are damaged by storms, age or accidents. Trees help clean the air and have also been shown to increase property values.

Residents are encouraged to properly care for the trees in their front and back yards.

For more information on street-tree care or the City's tree ordinance, call the Public Works Department at (562) 916-1220.


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