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LI communities win 'Tree City' status
Thirteen towns, cities and villages on Long Island have been awarded the 2011 Tree City USA community distinction.
Lindenhurst Village has earned the national designation from the Arbor Day Foundation for 28 consecutive years, the most of any municipality on Long Island. Mineola Village and Smithtown Town have earned the honor for 26 years in a row due to their commitment to urban forestry, according to foundation spokesman Sean Barry.
For 24 years, the town of Oyster Bay and the villages of Malverne, Rockville Centre and Westhampton Beach have also earned the recognition for their efforts to improve and renew their stock of trees.
On the list for more than 15 years were the city of Glen Cove, the town of Babylon, and the villages of Floral Park and Garden City.
The Town of Huntington made it on the list for the first time and Greenport Village made an appearance for an eighth time.
To become a Tree City, a community must have a department that attends to trees, a tree-care ordinance, a community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance.
Tree City USA is sponsored