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Mason City given award for tree program


This news story was published on April 6, 2018.
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DES MOINES – The City of Mason City was recently honored with the 2017 Tree City USA Growth Award at the 28th Annual Community Forestry Awards Luncheon in Des Moines. The award was presented by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources April 4th at the Sheraton in West Des Moines.

“The Tree City USA award is a symbol for communities who have made a commitment to the management of public trees,” says state forester Jeff Goerndt. “The City of Mason City 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.”

Mason City was one of 18 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.

Dignitaries in the photo: Deputy Director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Bruce Trautman, Mason City Street Supervisor/Park Superintendent Bob Berggren, Volunteer Program Coordinator Drew Verstegen, State Forester Jeff Goerndt.

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6 Responses to Mason City given award for tree program

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 7, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    The one in the blue is the biggest waste of money the city has ever hired.

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    Mother Nature Reply Report comment

    April 6, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    So, cutting down two healthy trees, to plant two new ones is good management.

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    Kevin Hardy Reply Report comment

    April 6, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Great Job Bob Berggren!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 6, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    with all the people leaving mason city pretty soon all we will have here is the trees

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 6, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      WTF! Anyone can voice their opinions here. If you don’t like it how about you get a job and become a productive citizen.

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    Mother Nature Reply Report comment

    April 6, 2018 at 11:44 am

    So, if you cut down two perfectly good trees that are not at full growth, and plant two new trees, is that good management?