Pittsfield Named Tree City for 10th Year

Mayor Bianchi announced that Pittsfield was named a Tree City for its 10th year. The award, which is given by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, honors the City’s commitment to urban forest management.

“Trees are an integral part of any City.  Not only do they provide beauty, but they also play an environmental role in reducing pollution. I am proud to recognize all of the hard work that goes in to maintaining our tree population.  Both city employees and tremendously generous volunteer organizations are crucial in our urban forest management,” Bianchi commented.

Pittsfield achieved the Tree City recognition by meeting 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.

Bianchi stated, “Visitors come to Pittsfield, and the Berkshires, for the nature, wild life and opportunity to relax away from hectic city life.  The beauty and variety of our tree population is a piece of that attraction and I am committed to maintaining them.”

Jim McGrath, Parks, Open Space and Natural Resource Program Manager said, “Our tree program increases our resident’s property values, reduces energy usage, provides a vital habitat for wildlife, and promotes a healthier community.”

He added, “Pittsfield’s residents should take pride in the fact that they live in a community where planting and nurturing trees is a priority.”