For the 11th year in a row, Westfield has received the distinction of being recognized as a ‘Tree City USA’. In addition to 80 other cities and towns within the Commonwealth, Deputy Superintendent of Parks & Recreation, Scott Hathaway (also the city Tree Warden), was on hand to accept the award.
The Arbor Day Foundation is the sponsoring organization of this recognition. According to the website, more than 3,400 communities have made the commitment to becoming a Tree City USA. They have achieved Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day. To date, Westfield has been able to do all of that.
In addition to planting trees annually in celebration of Arbor Day, the city has been involved in many tree planting initiatives. Just recently, a tree in front of Two Rivers Burrito was damaged and had to be removed. According to Hathaway, “A car hit the Ash tree that was there and was replaced with a Eastern Redbud (Cercis Canadensis 'Covey’) 'Covey’ is a very small weeping cultivar and will work well with the down town.”
Pictured in Tree City USA photo (left to right): Julie Coop, Urban and Community Forester, Steve Wingate, City Foreman, Leo P. Roy, DCR Commissioner, Scott Hathaway, Deputy Superintendent Westfield Park & Rec, Priscilla Geigis, DCR Deputy Commissioner for Conservation and Resource Stewardship