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The City of Pleasant Hill 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 Pleasant Hill 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.”
Pleasant Hill 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.
“Our City’s natural resources, including trees, help define Pleasant Hill’s character and play a direct role in our resident’s quality of life,” says Ben Champ, Pleasant Hill City Manager. “We take pride in our tree programs and are honored to receive this award.”