Columbia Heights Marks 26 Years as a Tree City USA Member
Representatives from utilities maintenance, community development, and the City Council celebrated Columbia Heights’ 26th year as a Tree City USA member April 27 with an Arbor Day ceremony near the new Circle Terrace Community Event Center.
Council member Connie Buesgens and Community Development Director Joe Hogeboom read remarks to dedicate the planting of two ginkgo trees and three Black Hill spruce trees outside the Circle Terrace Park playground.
“Having an Arbor Day Celebration is a great way to recognize the important role trees play in our everyday life,” said Lauren McClanahan, utilities superintendent. “The City of Columbia Heights takes great pride in maintaining the urban forest.”
Tree City USA is a nationwide program that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees. More than 3,400 communities have made the commitment to becoming a Tree City USA, achieving Tree City USA status by meeting the Arbor Day Foundation's standards of sound urban forestry management.