The City of Stevens Point has just earned its 35th Tree City USA designation by the Arbor Day Foundation.
The title comes thanks to the city’s commitment to “effective urban tree management”, according to a release from the Arbor Day Foundation.
The city had to meeting four requirements for the recognition: establishing a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an official Arbor Day observation and proclamation. City Forester Todd Ernster said the city first received the designation was 1976. The Tree City USA program has been greening up cities and towns across America since 1976. It is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees.
More than 3,400 communities have made the commitment to becoming a Tree City USA. They have achieved Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.
Tree City USA communities are home to more than 135 million Americans. Find out if your town is one of them.
More information can be found at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.