The city of Sterling Heights recently earned its 32nd consecutive Tree City USA Award from the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.
The program recognizes communities with a proven record of commitment to effective community forestry. The standards, established to ensure that qualifying communities maintain tree management programs, include existence of a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a city forestry program and observance of Arbor Day.
“The Tree City USA Award says that Sterling Heights is a community that cares about its environment and knows the importance of staying green,” said Mayor Michael Taylor. “The award is also indicative of the kind of quality of life we have promoted and offered for the past 32 years here in Sterling Heights.”
The Department of Public Works maintains the city’s forestry program while the city’s strengthened tree preservation ordinance requires developers to preserve a large percentage of trees and/or replace those lost due to construction.
Beautification Commission Chairman Gary Isom and his fellow beautification commissioners presented the City Council with a Tree City Flag at the council’s April 18th meeting. Prior to the meeting, members joined Mayor Taylor and City Council members in planting a pear tree in front of the Upton House in celebration of Arbor Day.
“I am extremely proud of this great honor that the city of Sterling Heights has continued to earn for over three decades,” Isom said. “Trees and other plantings help preserve the health and well-being of our residents, protect property values and contribute to Sterling Heights’ exceptional quality of life.”
For more information, contact Community Relations Director Bridget Kozlowski at (586) 446-2471.