Norwalk was named a 2013 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.
Norwalk 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.
"This year we celebrate Norwalk's 30th year as a member of Tree City USA. As a city, we work diligently to maintain the trees that bring beauty and charm to our neighborhoods and parks," Mayor Rob Duncan said.
"The benefits of tree-lined streets run the gamut from cleaner air and improved storm water management to increased property values," he added.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.