The City of Coralville was honored on April 6, 2017 with a 2016 Tree City USA Award and a Tree City USA Growth Award at the 27th Annual Community Forestry Awards Luncheon in Des Moines. This was Coralville’s 25th consecutive Tree City USA award presented by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Bureau.
“The Tree City USA award is a symbol for communities who have made a commitment to the management of public trees,” says state forester Paul Tauke. “The City of Coralville has provided an outstanding example for other Iowa communities by enhancing our forest resources and demonstrating the great value of trees in providing multiple benefits for future generations.”
Coralville was one of 17 Iowa communities to qualify for Tree City USA Growth status. To receive the award, a city must, at a minimum, provide education and public relations; partnerships; planning and management; and tree planting and maintenance in their communities. Coralville works in conjunction with local junior high schools on several environmental days working with trees and invasive species in the field and partnered this year with the Iowa DNR on a Forest Stewardship Plan for Clear Creek Greenbelt, Auburn Hills Park, and the Stables Basin.
Pictured, left to right: Chuck Gipp, Director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources; Sherri Proud, Director of Parks and Recreation; Josh Worrell, Native Vegetation Specialist; Alex Buhmeyer, Parks Superintendent; and Paul Tauke, State Forester