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McMinnville deemed Tree City USA
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The city of McMinnville has once again been honored with the distinction of being in the Tree City USA program. This is the 14th 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 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 by planting five Red Sunset trees at Pistole Park next to Banerjee Play Station. The trees replace two birch trees that used to be at the park on either side of the concession facility. 
“We had to remove two birch trees that were creating a problem,” said Hank Patton, who is the city’s landscape manager. “Those trees were the only shade here. The deal was that we would replace them. We decided to plant five trees this year. That’s phase one. We want to make a picnic area for children with picnic tables. Then, plant more trees next year. It’s going to be very nice and provide some much-needed shade in this area.”
Pistole Park is a soccer complex located on Laws Road. It includes four lighted soccer fields, three unlit soccer fields, restrooms, a picnic pavilion and over 15 acres of open space.