The city of McMinnville has once again been honored with the distinction of being in the Tree City USA program. This is the 15th year for the recognition.
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.
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.
McMinnville and other participating communities have demonstrated a commitment to caring for and managing their public trees. Together the more than 3,400 Tree City USA communities serve as home to more than 135 million Americans.
McMinnville officials honored Arbor Day on Thursday by planting a sugar maple behind McMinnville Civic Center between the walking trail and Mike Mansfield Field. The trees are fast growing and can reach tall heights. In autumn, its green leaves turn into rich gold, bright yellow and then, burnt orange and deep red.
This tree planting was a replacement for one that had to be removed for safety reasons.
“We removed a sugar maple that had a hole in its base,” said Hank Patton, the city’s landscape manager. “We were afraid to leave it so we removed it and planted another sugar maple to replace it.”
Mayor Jimmy Haley signed a proclamation declaring April 29 as Arbor Day in the city of McMinnville. He made the announcement Tuesday night during the Board of Mayor and Aldermen regular session.
The idea of Arbor Day originated in April 1872 by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska. Today, many countries observe such a holiday.
Though usually observed in the spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season.