The Norwalk Tree Alliance (NTA) is a volunteer, non-profit organization actively engaged with our community in the initiation and support of programs that promote a healthy urban forest.
The NTA was formed in early 2002, and achieved non-profit status (501c(39)) shortly thereafter. The NTA partners with the City of Norwalk on a wide variety of tree-related programs. This partnership has resulted in Norwalk achieving the coveted designation of "Tree City USA" by the National Arbor Day Foundation for eleven consecutive years. Key partnership activities have included the annual Arbor Day Celebration at a Norwalk school in conjunction with the City and the Board of Education, the City tree planting program, the ten years of the Connecticut Tree Festival, and the Rosa Parks Arboretum at Columbus Magnet School, among many others.
The NTA operates the first municipal tree farm in Fairfield County - the NTA Tree Farm at Fodor Farm. This facility cultivates both indigenous and unique species of trees for replanting elsewhere in the City.
In 2006, the NTA and the City of Norwalk were awarded the very first Award of Excellence for Community Trees, a recognition co-sponsored by the Home Depot Foundation and the US Conference of Mayors. Our Urban Forest Improvement Program earned first place in the small City category (under 100,000 population) gaining national recognition for Norwalk and a $75,000 grant to the Norwalk Tree Alliance.
Also re-elected at the NTA’s annual meeting were vice president Bill Levin, secretary Judith Rudikoff and acting treasurer Christine Names. Added to the board of directors were Anatoly Sarser and Hal Alvord.
Landau’s report at the meeting covering 2015 activities noted that the NTA is working with the Third Taxing District and a $2,000 grant to plant 20 street trees in East Norwalk, oaks and maples, some up to 10 feet high.
Tree identification signs were installed at Cranbury Park and the Town Green, trees identified on Sheffield Island and signage is expected to be completed in the spring at Rosa Parks Arboretum behind Columbus School.
At the NTA’s Tree Farm in Fodor Farm, the tree inventory was expanded and additional fencing erected to prevent animals from attacking the growing trees.
For 2016, a tree planting is scheduled for Marvin School April 29 in a continuation of the NTA’s Arbor Day rotation of tree plantings at schools.
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