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My Town: Lowell earns national award for tree program
My Town: Lowell earns national award for tree program

LOWELL, Mich.—  Lowell is celebrating another green honor this Earth Week.

The Arbor Day Foundation has awarded the Tree City USA with its Growth Award.  Lowell was named a 2013 Tree City USA for its commitment to urban forests, by establishing a tree board or department, enacting a tree care ordinance, maintaining an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and observing Arbor Day.  The Growth Award is in recognition for demonstrating environmental improvement and a higher level of tree care.

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

“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Lowell make smart investments in urban forests,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.  “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.”

City Manager Mark Howe said last month the city’s goal is to eventually restore its tree canopy to 40 percent.  He estimated the current canopy is 10 percent to 15 percent.  Howe says last year, the Arbor Board secured enough grants to plant 75 new trees. 

National Arbor Day is Friday, April 25.