Monroe’s a Tree City USA municipality 19 years running

Last year, town officials planted a Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple tree at Wolfe Park in celebration of Arbor Day.

MONROE, CT — Monroe earned recognition as a Tree City USA municipality for the 19th consecutive year after being recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Forests.

“The award is given to honor Monroe’s commitment to effective community forest management and meeting criteria that demonstrates Monroe’s commitment to responsible municipal tree care,” First Selectman Ken Kellogg said.

The Monroe Parks & Recreation Department scheduled a 2023 Arbor Day observance and tree planting ceremony for 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 30, at Wolfe Park. All are invited to attend.

In 1976, the Arbor Day Foundation launched its Tree City USA program, providing direction, assistance and national recognition for its designees. It includes a framework for a healthy, sustainable urban forestry program in communities.

In 2004, Park Ranger David Solek, who was also the town’s longtime tree warden, worked to attain the status for Monroe, which went on to become one of 20 Connecticut communities to be granted Tree City USA status.

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