Marion Named Tree City USA Growth Award Recipient
The City of Marion was recently honored with the 2018 Tree City USA Growth Award at the 29th Annual Community Forestry Awards Luncheon in Des Moines. The award was presented by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on April 3 at the Sheraton in West Des Moines.
“The Tree City USA award is a symbol for communities who have made a commitment to the management of public trees,” says state forester Jeff Goerndt. “Marion has provided an outstanding example for other Iowa communities by enhancing our forest resources and demonstrating the great value of trees in providing multiple benefits for future generations.”
Marion was one of 16 Iowa communities to qualify for Tree City USA Growth status. To receive the award, a city must, at a minimum, provide education and public relations; partnerships; planning and management; and tree planting and maintenance in their communities.
Marion has achieved Tree City USA status consistently since 1993.
Pictured from left-right: Jeff Goerndt, state forester; Bruce Trautman, deputy director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources; representing the City of Marion were Mike Cimprich, city arborist; Seth Staashelm, deputy director for the Marion Parks and Recreation Department; Klein Walker, parks operations staff and Ryan Hays, arborist tech.