The City of Iowa City was recently honored with the 2016 Tree City USA Award at the 27th Annual Community Forestry Awards Luncheon in Des Moines. The award was presented by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Bureau April 6, 2017.
“The Tree City USA award is a symbol for communities who have made a commitment to the management of public trees,” said state forester Paul Tauke. “The City of Iowa City has provided an outstanding example for other Iowa communities by enhancing our forest resources and demonstrating the great value of trees in providing multiple benefits for future generations.”
Iowa City was one of 80 Iowa communities to qualify for Tree City USA status. To receive the award, a city must, at a minimum, have either a city forester or an active city tree board; have a tree ordinance; spend at least $2 per capita annually for its community forestry program; and have a tree planting and maintenance plan.
Iowa City is proud to have been named a Tree City USA annually for the past 38 years. Only one city in Iowa, Cedar Rapids, has been a recipient over a longer period of time than Iowa City.