Saturday, April 12, 2008
Mount Clemens is Tree City USA again
MOUNT CLEMENS — It is the 22nd time that the city of Mount Clemens has earned a Tree City USA award, but that doesn’t mean that getting the honor means any less to city officials and residents.
The National Arbor Day Foundation, an organization that works to preserve and replenish trees, gives out the Tree City USA awards. According to the foundation, 3,216 communities are currently a Tree City USA. Communities must meet four standards to qualify to become a Tree City USA. Each community given the award must have:
• A tree board or department.
• A tree care ordinance.
• A community forestry program with a budget of $2 per person.
• An Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
If a city has all of the above criteria, it may apply for the honor. Cities that receive the designation often have an easier time getting grants and publicity, and it brings more civic pride, said the foundation.