Babylon Village is now a Tree City.

The South Shore village joins 3,400 across the nation with this designation. Other Long Island communities that are Tree Cities include Amityville, Lindenhurst, and Huntington. Click here to see the full list.

The announcement comes almost exactly a year after the Village of Babylon and the Babylon Beautification Society announced its plans to become a Tree City.

“We’ve been planting trees in the village since we were founded in 1971 and we are so proud to be part of this,” said Chris Genzmann, board director of the Babylon Beautification Society.

Village of Babylon trustee Mary Adams helped spearhead the project.

“Trees are assets to a community when properly planted and maintained,” she said. “They help to improve the visual appeal of neighborhoods, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat.”

A Tree City USA is a community that maintains a tree board or department, have a community tree ordinance, and spend at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrate Arbor Day. The program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like the Village of Babylon make smart investments in urban forests,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.”

Babylon Village was given this honor earlier this month.

“It is an honor to have this incredible recognition as a Tree City USA”, said Village of Babylon Mayor Ralph Scordino. “On behalf of over 12,000 residents in the village and our many merchants and business, I would like to personally thank the Babylon Beautification Society for sponsoring this effort and for all their hard work beautifying the Village of Babylon.”

The recognition will be celebrated at the second annual Arbor Day Celebration in Babylon Village.

The celebration, organized by the Babylon Beautification Society, will take place April 25 from noon to 3 p.m. at the redesigned green space at Depot Place, located on the southeast corner of the LIRR station. Festivities will include live entertainment, food and beverages by The Local.

Below are newly planted trees on Railroad Avenue in Babylon Village (credit BBS).

Top: Trail lined with trees at Babylon Village’s Argyle Lake (credit: Angela Sasso)