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Friday, April 2, 2021

City of Southgate Named Tree City USA

Park and Tree Board Members. Nora Williams, Bill Theis, and Joyce Hamberg.

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The City of Southgate has achieving 16 years as a Tree City USA Award Winner and 15 years for achieving the Growth Award.

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The Tree City USA program started n 1976, as a nationwide movement to provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees.

More than 3,400 communities have made the commitment to becoming a Tree City USA. 

To achieved Tree City USA status, a city must meet four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.

The City of Southgate will celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, April 30, 2021, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in a special ceremony at the Southgate Community Center, 301 West Walnut, Southgate, KY 41071.  

According to a release, their Arbor Day this year will be dedicated in memory of Tim Gray, who "was a friend to all, lover of trees and nature, coach, volunteer, and honorable citizen of the City of Southgate."

Luke Saunier, from the Kentucky Division of Forestry, will speak at the ceremony and poster award winners from Southgate Elementary School will be honored.

The selected tree seedling for 2021 is the River Birch.  

Interested persons may contact Dr. Joyce F. Hamberg at joje48@hotmail.com to reserve a seedling.  

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