Newton named Tree City of World
The City of Newton has been recognized as one of the inaugural Tree Cities of the World by the Arbor Day Foundation.
City Park staff applied for the distinction due to the City’s 44-year history as a Tree City USA. Newton is the only city in Kansas and one of just 23 Tree Cities of the World in the United States. Newton is the second-smallest of the 59 cities recognized worldwide.
The City’s Park staff ensure that Newton meets the core standards of the program:
- Establish Responsibility – Delegate oversight of community tree issues to a Tree Board.
- Set the Rules – Maintain official policy that governs the management of trees in our community via a tree ordinance.
- Know What You Have – Maintain an inventory or assessment of local trees, specifically for city parks.
- Allocate Resources – Maintain an annual operating budget that addresses tree management.
- Celebrate Achievements – Hold an annual celebration of trees to raise awareness.
The Tree Cities of the World program is an international effort to recognize cities and towns committed to ensuring that urban forests and trees are properly maintained, sustainably managed, and duly celebrated.
In addition to the United States, Tree Cities of the World can be found in Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Great Britain, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.
More information is available at treecitiesoftheworld.org.