The City of Negaunee will celebrate its first Arbor Day Celebration under the Tree City USA Program. According to the National Arbor Day Foundation’s website, Tree City USA started in 1976, Tree City USA is one of their oldest programs. “Our founders had a vision for a greener, healthier America, and hoped this initiative would inspire change on a nationwide level”.
In 2019, the City of Negaunee adopted an ordinance that would make Negaunee a Tree City under the program. “It has taken a little time to get this program off the ground but we believe we will have all the boxes checked this year,” City Manager Nate Heffron said.
In order for the city to qualify, four standards must be met, these are established the Tree City USA Program. These include (1) maintaining a tree board or department, (2) having a community tree ordinance, (3) spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and (4) celebrating Arbor Day.
Therefore, the city is announcing that it will hold its Arbor Day celebration on June 14th, at 7:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Jim Thomas Pavilion, the public is welcome. Refreshments will be served after a short presentation. During the presentation the mayor will read aloud a proclamation and a tree will be planted in honor of a resident under our newly established Community Growth Award.
Qualifications and criteria for this award includes:
1. Must have been or currently be a resident of the City of Negaunee.
2. Must not have a criminal record.
3. Must not have received this award before.
1. Recipient must have been involved in a service to their community. Such activities include membership or association with city, local, state or federal agencies; US military service, non-faith-based community service organizations, faith-based community service organizations, and educational facilities. Members of an organizations that operates strictly outside the corporate boundaries of the City of Negaunee are ineligible.
2. Recipient must demonstrate what their service to the community is or was.
3. Recipient may be living or deceased.
4. Nominations may be solicited.
The Community Growth Award is presented to a past or present Negaunee resident who has demonstrated through their works, a dedication to public service and commitment to the people of Negaunee.
This year’s recipient was chosen by the Tree Board. The board has decided that an application process will take place next year.
Recipients of this award are kept secret until the day of the event, in some cases the recipient may not even know they are receiving this award, making the award that more special.
“We hope that many from the community will join us during Negaunee Arbor Day Celebration”, City Manager Nate Heffron said.
Questions concerning this release may be directed to the attention of the City Manager, Nate Heffron at (906) 475-7700 ext. 11.