In conjunction with Arbor Day, April 27 in Illinois, the City of Evanston announces that for the 28th consecutive year, the Arbor Day Foundation has designated Evanston as a Tree City USA community. Only 10 other communities within Illinois have a longer consecutive streak than Evanston.

The Arbor Day Foundation also has recognized Evanston’s commitment to urban forestry with the Growth Award, given for demonstrating progress in its community forestry program. In its announcement letter, the Arbor Day Foundation wrote, “The prestigious Growth Award honors environmental improvement and higher levels of tree care in Tree City USA communities.”

Paul D’Agostino, superintendent for Parks/Forestry and Facilities Management for the City of Evanston, said the Tree City Award helped Evanston receive two grants from the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to replace trees that were lost because of the emerald ash borer: $30,000 in 2011 and $16,115 in 2012.

“Communities that are honored with a Tree City USA designation and a Growth Award make a strong commitment to planting and caring for trees, and we applaud their efforts,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation.