On June 12, 2023, the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the US Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, announced that Hopewell Township was named a 2022 Tree City USA. This award honors the Township’s commitment to effective urban forest management.
To achieve this recognition, Hopewell Township needed to meet 4 criteria: maintain a tree board or department, have a tree care ordinance, dedicate an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and host an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. Hopewell Township makes the planting and care of trees a priority by taking steps to create a bright, green future.
“Tree City USA communities see the positive effects of an urban forest firsthand,” said Dan Lambe, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The trees being planted and cared for by Hopewell Township are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program brings residents together and creates a sense of civic pride, whether it’s though volunteer engagement or public education.”
If ever there was a time for trees, now is that time. Communities worldwide are facing increasing issues with air quality, water resources, personal health and well-being, energy use, and extreme heat and flooding. Hopewell Township is doing its part to address these challenges for residents both now and in the future.
The Arbor Day Foundation, one of the world’s largest conservation organizations, was founded in 1972 and has grown to be the largest non-profit membership organization dedicated to planting trees. It boasts more than one million members, supporters, and partners. Since 1972, more than 500 million trees have been planted throughout the world.
To learn more about the program, go to arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.