Christina Duncan was named Wilton\u2019s 2018 tree steward and had a linden tree planted at Merwin Meadows in her honor during an Arbor Day ceremony on Friday, April 27. Wilton Tree Committee Chair Kate Throckmorton said Duncan was selected to be this year\u2019s tree steward because of her \u201ccommitment to our town, and most importantly, trees and the environment.\u201d After moving to Wilton 15 years ago, Throckmorton said, Duncan \u201cjumped into community service\u201d \u2014\u00a0serving \u201cseveral organizations\u201d and being a \u201cwilling donor to many environmental causes during this time.\u201d Duncan has had a longtime interest in the environment, according to Throckmorton, and not only cares for the earth, but understands \u201cthe value of trees for the ability to clean our air and water.\u201d When Duncan was chair of the Lumpkin Foundation\u2019s Grants Committee, Throckmorton said, she provided funding for Wilton\u2019s participation in the Norwalk-Wilton Tree Festival. She was also \u201cthe primary force\u201d for the How Green Can Wilton Be? conference, said Throckmorton, through which she provided \u201ceducational opportunity for leaders in the community to explore how Wilton can become more sustainable.\u201d Duncan contributed to the success of the Sustainable Connecticut Conference held at Grace Farms this past winter, said Throckmorton, as well as Wilton Go Green\u2019s Zero Waste Faire at the Wilton High School Field House last month. Through the Wilton Garden Club, Duncan co-chaired the Conservation Committee for several years, said Throckmorton, and has \u201cdeveloped many educational exhibits at their flower shows\u201d and co-chaired the wildflower section of the club\u2019s annual plant sale. \u201cTina is deserving of this honor. She has not only fulfilled the criteria for the Wilton tree steward of being \u2018a constant and willing supporter to the protection and stewardship of our community trees,\u2019\u201d said Throckmorton, \u201cbut has shown to be a leader and mentor for environmental causes.\u201d Throckmorton said the tree planted in her honor will serve as a \u201creminder to our town that we have a commitment to trees and the environment.\u201d A brick plaque will be placed at the base of the tree this summer. Tree City Wilton received the Tree City USA designation for its \u201cexemplary tree care and maintenance program\u201d by the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) this year. In order to receive Tree City USA status, each community must: Invest $2 per capita in trees. Have a tree advisory board or professional staff. Have a local ordinance in support of trees. Celebrate Arbor Day each year. According to Wilton\u2019s tree committee, Wilton has been designated a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation and state of Connecticut since 2009.