Golden Valley Recognized For Effective Urban Forest Management

Golden Valley has once again been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. The City also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and a higher level of tree care.

Golden Valley has achieved Tree City USA certification annually since 1987 by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The Growth Award is presented to cities that have a Tree City designation and show a per capita increase in expenditure for an urban forestry program. Golden Valley’s commitment to urban forestry was demonstrated by four specific programs:

  • a buckthorn management plan to remove and manage the invasive species to help reforest native plant and tree communities
  • the ongoing Douglas Drive reconstruction and landscape project that ensures tree health in an environmentally challenging landscape
  • a computerized tree management system (ValleyMap) to map the City’s tree inventory with data on each tree’s characteristics
  • the ash removal and replacement project along Winnetka Ave, where 51 green ash trees were replaced with other species of shade trees

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the US Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

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