Office of the Mayor – West Windsor Township
May 25, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Shing-Fu Hsueh, Mayor
West Windsor Township
West Windsor Township Receives Tree City USA Designation
West Windsor, NJ – Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh is pleased to announce that the Arbor Day Foundation has once again awarded West Windsor Township its Tree City USA designation. West Windsor has earned this national designation for 32 consecutive years joining only six other New Jersey municipalities with a similar record. As part of this program, West Windsor established a Shade Tree Commission, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive forestry program, and an annual celebration of Arbor Day including a proclamation and community involvement.
West Windsor’s Arbor Day celebrations are held in the Ronald R. Rogers Arboretum, (corner of Clarksville and Princeton/Hightstown Roads, across from High School South). An annual art contest celebrating nature and sponsored by the West Windsor Shade Tree Commission is open to students in West Windsor/Plainsboro schools. Prizes are awarded for first, second, and third places in four grade categories – Elementary K-3, Elementary 4-5, Middle School 6-8 and High School 9-12. This year, the theme related to trees allowed 2-dimensional drawings, paintings, photography, and digital images with a maximum size of 12” x 18.” The winning art work was displayed in the West Windsor Municipal Building.
In addition to a Mayoral Proclamation, the 2011 Arbor Day celebration included remarks from the District School Superintendent, a color guard, a poetry reading by local Girl and Boy Scouts, a choral presentation by high school students, a ceremonial tree planting, and refreshments. In addition, West Windsor was also the recipient of a pine tree germinated from seeds that traveled in space on the Shuttle. The Township planted the Space Shuttle Pine at the Arboretum. Members of the Shade Tree Commission were also available to answer questions on tree planting and maintenance as well as providing a tour of the arboretum and neighboring trails.
Mayor Hsueh stated, “The Shade Tree Commission has been an incredible asset to the Township and helps to ensure that West Windsor remains a green and sustainable community. The Tree City USA program continues to encourage and guide municipalities like West Windsor to pursue the creation and care of increased treed areas providing for the health and enjoyment of all.”
Please see attached Press Release from Arbor Day Foundation for more information.