Tempe’s Mayor Woods proclaims April as ‘Arbor Month’
PHOENIX — Tempe mayor Corey Woods proclaimed April as “Arbor Month” on Wednesday as the city looks to continue growing its tree canopy.
The 150th Arbor Day is on April 29, a day that recognizes the importance of and encourages people to plant trees worldwide.
“Trees and green space provide important environmental, economic, and social health benefits to the community,” Mayor Woods said in a press release.
“Tempe is making huge strides to capture these benefits through the Urban Forest Master Plan and Climate Action Plan, both of which provide a clear path forward to reach the city’s tree canopy goals.”
Tempe has set goals of reaching 25% citywide tree and shade canopy by 2040 and is encouraging planting on public and private property, according to the release.
The Valley city currently has 11.4% coverage with programs in place to expand. One such is the Cost Match Tree Program, which offers 50% off the cost of a 15-gallon or 24-inch boxed-sized tree for single family residences.
The mayor’s proclamation is another step the city is taking to bring more attention to the city’s ambitious objectives, and tree-planting events will take place throughout the month, according to the release.
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