Marion Named Tree City USA Growth Award Recipient
The City of Marion was recently honored with the 2016 Tree City USA Growth Award at the 27th Annual Community Forestry Awards Luncheon in Des Moines. The award was presented by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Bureau on April 6 at the Forte Banquet & Conference Center.
“The Tree City USA award is a symbol for communities who have made a commitment to the management of public trees,” says State Forester Paul Tauke. “The City of 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 17 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.
Pictured from left to right: Chuck Gipp, Director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources; Ryan Hays, Marion Arborist Tech; Mike Cimprich, Marion City Arborist, Marilyn Tormey, member of the Marion Tree Board, and Paul Tauke, State Forester.