By Associated Press - Saturday, April 28, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Eighteen Connecticut communities have been awarded the Tree City USA designation, in celebration of Arbor Day.

According to a Friday announcement, the special recognition was created by the Arbor Day Foundation in conjunction with state foresters throughout the country.

To qualify, communities must meet four established standards. They must have a tree ordinance, qualified leadership running the municipal tree program, a minimum of $2 per capita spent on trees annually and a celebration to mark Arbor Day, a holiday first observed in 1872, which celebrates the importance of trees.

While this is the first year Greenwich has received the Tree City USA designation, some are longtime recipients. This marks the 30th year for Fairfield and Stamford.

State Forester Chris Martin says “trees are an essential part of livable cities and towns” in Connecticut.

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