126 Mich. communities get Tree City USA award

With Arbor Day approaching, 126 Michigan communities have been awarded Tree City USA certification for promoting urban forestry.
AP Wire
Apr 21, 2013


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Arbor Day Foundation say the communities were designated for work accomplished last year. They received award materials in advance of this year's Arbor Day, which is April 26.

The Tree City USA program promotes proper tree care and management in urban areas. It's meant to call attention to the economic, health and aesthetic benefits that trees provide.

Communities interested in participating must have a board or department responsible for tree care, a local tree ordinance and a budget for public tree care. A local Arbor Day celebration is also required.



There must be a reason this article was printed; I wonder when they will share the relevancy of the tri-cities to this award.


What is the deal with a TON of the trees along Beacon being marked to be, or have already been cut down for the utility upgrades? Are they trying to make Grand Haven hideous? Will they replant them with mature trees, and not the piddle little things they planted downtown that will take thirty years to equal what they replaced? Or will they not replant them at all?

What will happen when they start the center town streetscape project? Will they cut those down as well, and replace them with immature trees as well?

Downtown used to be nice, quaint, and shady in the hot summer sun. Now it is like a desert down there. I am dreading seeing Beacon and center town looking the same way.


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