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Wellesley Honored With Tree City Award

For the 30th year in a row, the Wellesley Natural Resources Commission (NRC) and Department of Public Works (DPW) have been honored with a Tree City USA Award, recognizing their proactive public tree management program. The Wellesley NRC and DPW preserve and protect more than 10,000 town-owned trees.

Tree City USA awards are sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Urban Forestry Program and the National Arbor Day foundation. Honored municipalities must meet four criteria, which include establishing a tree care department, spending at least $2 per capita annually on urban forestry and enforcing laws that protect public trees.

“This award is a testament to the Wellesley’s long tradition of valuing trees and open spaces, says NRC Executive Director, Janet Hartke Bowser. “We are honored to once again be its recipient.”

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