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Peabody: City named Tree City USA community by Arbor Day Foundation

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Peabody has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation, a designation for municipalities recognizing their commitment to community forestry. This marks the 16th year Peabody has earned the designation from the foundation, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to planting trees. “Planting and caring for trees is among the most important things we can do to benefit current and future generations,” Mayor Ted Bettencourt said in a prepared statement. “We all know that trees beautify the landscape and provide shade for our homes, but they also offer countless environmental, economic, and social benefits.” Peabody meets all four standards for becoming a Tree City USA community: having a tree board or department; a tree care ordinance; a community forestry program with annual expenditures of at least $2 per capita; and an annual Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

John Laidler
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