For the third consecutive year, the City of Paramount has earned Tree City USA status for 2021. The distinction is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor communities for their commitment to effective urban forest management.
The City again qualified for the accolade by maintaining the Foundation’s four requirements: establishing a City tree board, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and observing Arbor Day each year by proclamation of the City Council.
“Paramount is proud to take part in the nationwide Tree City USA movement,” said Mayor Peggy Lemons. “The preservation and expansion of our urban forest benefits our environmental and community health, which supports our sustainability efforts.”
Urban forests are dynamic ecosystems that provide critical benefits to people and wildlife. They help reinvigorate neighborhoods, increase property values, clean air and water, reduce home energy consumption costs (especially cooling), provide wildlife habitat, and much more.
The Arbor Day Foundation is a million-member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information is available at ArborDay.org.