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Vinton Named Tree City USA Community by the Arbor Day Foundation and Schedules the Town’s 2012 Arbor Day Celebration Event

The Arbor Day Foundation announced that Vinton, VA, has been named a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry for the 10th consecutive year. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the U. S. Forest Service.

"We all benefit when communities like Vinton place a high priority on planting and caring for trees, one of our nation's most beautiful resources," said J ohn Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Trees shade our homes and add beauty to our neighborhoods, and they also provide many environmental, economic and social benefits. We applaud Vinton's elected officials, volunteers and citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest."

Vinton has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community. Tree City USA communities must have a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a community forestry program with annual expenditures of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. Communities that earn Tree City USA recognition not only have taken the time to meet the four standards, they also know that trees:

Promote healthier communities by filtering the air we breathe by removing dust and other particles.
Moderate climate, conserve water and provide vital habitat for wildlife.      
Reduce the heat island effect in urban areas caused by pavement and buildings.    
Reduce energy use and increase property values.      

In conjunction with this national award, the Town will have its Arbor Day Celebration Event on Friday, April 27th, at 9:30 a.m. in the area between Lynn Haven Baptist Church parking lot and the Wolf Creek Greenway pedestrian bridge.

The Town received $1,600 in grant funding from Valley Beautiful, Inc. which will be matched by the Town for the planting of trees and Arbor Day Celebration. Eight mature/large trees will be purchased and planted on the grounds of the Vinton Municipal Building and Wolf Creek Greenway.

Additionally, the Vinton Breakfast Lions Club was able to obtain 500 seedlings (oak, redbud, and Kousa dogwood) from the Virginia Department of Forestry. These seedlings will be planted along Wolf Creek adjacent to the greenway, from Hardy Road to Goode Park. Hal Mabe, President of the Club, commented that “Lions Club International has challenged its clubs to plant one million trees and we are excited to do our part to improve our community and environment in the valley.” The planting of the trees and seedlings will be done prior to the Town Arbor Day Celebration Event.

At the event, we will have the planting of the ceremonial tree with participation from the Lynn Haven Baptist Church preschoolers, Smokey the Bear, and Bob Boeren, the State Forester, in addition to other invited guests. The public is also invited. For additional information, contact Anita McMillan, Planning and Zoning Director for the Town at (540) 983-0601 or