The National Arbor Day Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Bureau announced last week the City of Newton has received the 2013 Tree City USA Award.
The award was presented Thursday, April 3, at the 24th Annual Community Forestry Awards Luncheon held at the Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston. At that event, State Forester Paul Tauke said the Tree City USA award is a symbol for communities that have made a commitment to the management of public trees.
“The Tree City USA award is a symbol for communities who have made a commitment to the management of public trees,” he added. “The City of Newton 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.”
Newton was one of 70 Iowa communities to qualify for Tree City USA status. To receive the award a city must meet these requirements:
• possess either a city forester or an active city tree board,
• have a tree ordinance, and
• annually spend at least $2 per capita for its community forestry program.
“For 20 consecutive years, the City of Newton has continued commitment to advancing urban forestry throughout the community,” Parks and Recreation Administrative Superintendent Nathan Unsworth said. “We have kept the tradition to remain a Tree City with continuing to plant, work and educate our community on trees.”