McMinnville will be declared a Tree City USA for the 19th year, but without a ceremony honoring the distinction.
For the past 18 years, the city of McMinnville has been honored as a Tree City USA member by the Arbor Day Foundation in April. While the city did earned the title again this year, no one from the Tennessee Division of Forestry will visit to deliver that recognition.
“All of those activities have been suspended at this time,” said Hank Patton, landscape manager for the city.
Since its inception in 1976, Tree City USA has been greening up cities across American. It is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees.
Communities that meet four core standards of sound urban forestry management are honored with the distinction as a Tree City:
• Maintaining a tree board or department
• Having a community tree ordinance
• Spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry
• Celebrating Arbor Day by planting a tree
Due to COVID-19, the final step in a list of four core standards has been suspended.
Also placed on hold is a Tennessee Division of Forestry representative visiting and delivering flags.
McMinnville is one of approximately 3,400 communities that have made the commitment to become a Tree City USA.