Marion honored as a 30-year Tree City USA

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The Tree City Award was given at the regular meeting of the Marion City Council. At the presentation were (from left) Councilwoman Ann Harkey, Mayor Pro Tem Billy Martin, County Ranger Luke Glenn, Tree Board chairman John Reese and Marion East Community Forum leader Niki Palmer.

On Tuesday, the city of Marion received an award for being a Tree City USA for 30 years.

County Ranger Luke Glenn with N.C. Forest Service presented this award to help celebrate Arbor Day and commend Marion for its accomplishments in 2018. Marion is one of 87 cities and towns in North Carolina and one of more than 3,400 in the nation to receive this award for 2018, which also marks the 30th year Marion has earned this national designation.

Established in 1976, the Tree City USA program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and recognizes communities that make planting and caring for trees a priority. In 2018, Marion accomplished the four required criteria for this award. These criteria are maintaining a public tree ordinance which sets policies for managing street and park trees, having a Tree Board responsible for the care and management of the city’s trees, operating a community forestry program and holding an annual Arbor Day observance.

The Tree City Award was given at the regular meeting of the Marion City Council.

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