Local Communities Earn 'Tree City USA' Status
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Arbor Day Foundation have given 125 communities in the state the "Tree City USA" certification for their efforts in 2013.
The program promotes proper tree management in urban areas and awareness for the economic, health and aesthetic benefits of trees.
Among the local communities receiving "Tree City USA" designation: Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Saline and the Village of Dexter.
To be eligible a community must have a board or department responsible for tree care, a tree ordinance, at least a $2 per capita budget for tree care, and hold an annual Arbor Day celebration with a proclamation.