Communities and campuses across state recognized for tree care

file0001858581491A number of Michigan communities, campuses, and utilities have been recognized for their tree care efforts.

One hundred and eleven communities, four campuses, and two utilities received recognition for meeting national standards for tree care.

The awards were given by the Arbor Day Foundation, the same organization that set the standards.

Kevin Sayers is the Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

“It’s encompassing Tree City USA, Tree Campus USA, and Tree Line USA and it’s a recognition of the fact that they have made the commitment to adhere to certain standards that relate to proper management and care of trees.”

Sayers said Tree USA is an annual program, and any community, campus, or utility can apply for recognition if the standards are met.

“We have a strong number of recertifying communities each year, we’re somewhere over 90, 95 percent in recertification. I think our highest year has been 125 total tree cities, and we’re down from that this year at this point but we hope to get that back up here soon.”

Sayers said the recognition comes with signs for community entrances, flags, and a plaque that all show a Tree USA Award label.

For a list of the communities, campuses, and utilities to receive the award click here.

The standards that must be met for a community to participate are:

A designated board or department responsible for tree care issues.
A local tree ordinance.
A budget for public tree care of at least $2 per capita.
An annual Arbor Day celebration and official Arbor Day proclamation.