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McMinnville certified as Tree City USA
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Ignite for Progress, a local organization, partnered with the city to plant trees at Ramsey Park on Thursday. The event was a combined Arbor Day/ Earth Day celebration. Pictured is Ignite co-founder Laura Beth Gheesling planting flowers.

The city of McMinnville has been honored for the 16th year with the distinction of being in the Tree City USA program.
Tree City USA is a national program offered by the Arbor Day Foundation that provides framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America.
Making the presentation was Tennessee Division of Forestry representative Tyler Wakefield.
“I want to express my congratulations to the city of McMinnville,” said Wakefield. “This is 16 years straight they have been certified as Tree City USA.”
Communities achieve 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 National Arbor Day.
The accomplishment, said Wakefield as he presented this year’s Tree City USA flag to city landscape manager Hank Patton, demonstrates McMinnville’s commitment to caring for and managing its public trees through its Landscape Division overseen by Patton and his staff.
McMinnville is one of 44 communities in Tennessee that have the Tree City USA distinction. There are 3,400 Tree City USA communities in the country.
The city celebrates Arbor Day with planting a tree at one of its parks. This year’s celebration was held at Ramsey Park and was a combined effort with an Earth Day celebration by Ignite for Progress. The local group not only obtained the dogwood trees that were planted at the park, but also offered to adopt the park and care for its future beautification needs.
“Our group is going to adopt the park by stopping by, checking on our trees and also cleaning up the park by picking up trash and making sure our trees are doing well and anything else that we plant today. We are happy you are here to share this event with us,” said Ignite co-founder Laura Beth Gheesling.
A video of the ceremony will be available on this website in the Media section.