DNR honors Michigan communities with annual Tree USA awards

(AREA) — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Arbor Day Foundation have announced 122 Michigan communities that have been certified as a “Tree City USA” for their promotion and commitment to proper tree care during 2015. To be eligible for designation, communities must have a tree board or department responsible for tree care, a tree-care ordinance, an annual work plan and tree-care budget of at least $2 per capita, and an annual Arbor Day celebration and official Arbor Day proclamation. Locally, the Village of Lexington in Sanilac County, cities of Lapeer and Imlay City in Lapeer County, and cities of Marysville, St. Clair, and Port Huron in St. Clair County have received recognition. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Tree City USA program.