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ND communities are Tree Cities USA

FARGO — Minot and other area communities are among 54 communities from across the state that have earned the designation “Tree City USA” through the Arbor Day Foundation. They will be recognized at the 32ND Trees Bowl and Awards Ceremony sponsored by the North Dakota Forest Service and North Dakota State University at the Fargodome in Fargo on Sept. 10.

The Trees Awards recognize individuals, organizations, and agencies who contribute in an outstanding way to forestry activities. The 2022 honorees include: Arthur, Bismarck, Bottineau, Cando, Carrington, Casselton, Cavalier, Cavalier Space Force Station, Cooperstown, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Ellendale, Fairmount, Fargo, Forman, Garrison, Grafton, Grand Forks, Granville, Gwinner, Harvey, Hatton, Hazen, Jamestown, Kindred, Lakota, Langdon, Lankin, Larimore, Lincoln, Lisbon, Mandan, McVille, Milnor, Minot, Mohall, New Rockford, Northwood, Oakes, Pekin, Rugby, Rutland, Sibley, Tower City, Towner, Valley City, Wahpeton, Walhalla, Washburn, Watford City, West Fargo, Williston, Wishek, and Wyndmere.

To earn this recognition, communities must meet four overarching standards. They include maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrating Arbor Day. According to information provided by the ND Forest Service, these efforts impact our state’s health, safety, and economy; enhance our quality of life; and make our cities and towns a more beautiful place to live, work, and play.

The winners will be provided a noon luncheon in the Fargodome, which will be followed by the awards ceremony at 1 p.m. NDSU President David Cook and State Forester Thomas Claeys will present each winner with a certificate. The winners will also attend the “Trees Bowl” NDSU football game against North Carolina A&T at 2:30 p.m. and be recognized on the field during half time. Following the game, the North Dakota Forest Service will distribute 3,000 free tree seedlings to attendees.