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Huntington wants to be a Tree City

Huntington officials have launched an effort to get a Tree City USA designation for the town.

The yearlong campaign began Friday with board members planting 10 trees at the town’s Depot Road Park in recognition of the recent celebration of Arbor Day.

To qualify for Tree City USA status, communities must meet standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters.

“The planting of these trees is the first of a number of steps the town will be taking over the next year to achieve a Tree City USA designation,” town supervisor Frank Petrone said.

“We hope residents throughout the town will join us in these plantings, that beautify the town for our enjoyment and for the enjoyment of generations to come.”

Nationally, there are more than 3,400 communities with the designation, including 99 in New York State.

Town officials said the town’s comprehensive master plan includes a Green Huntington tree management and planting program, which entails enlisting public and private support.

It also includes updating and extending the tree inventory to all town-owned and -managed properties; enhancing tree planting and maintenance of town landscapes; initiating partnerships with community organizations, institutions, and other groups to promote tree planting on non-town-owned properties; and working with public utilities to minimize damage to trees.

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