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BRIGHTON — Brighton has acheived Tree City USA recognition for the 28th straight year, and also received a Tree City USA Growth Award from the Arbor Day Foundation.


Brighton achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. During the April 15 City Council meeting, council proclaimed April 24 as National Arbor Day.

In recognition of Arbor Day, a tree planting took place April 23 at Turnberry Elementary School in recognition of fifth-grader Sydney Adams, School District 27J’s first-place winner of the Colorado Tree Coalition’s Arbor Day State Poster Contest. A second planting will take place at Southeast Elementary to recognize second-place poster contest winner Olivia Pearson.

For more on the city’s forestry efforts, visit www.brightonco.gov/325/Forestry or contact Kyle Sylvester at 303-655-2089 or e-mail ksylvester@brightonco.gov.