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City tree dedication Friday

Officials seeking ‘Tree City’ title

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

STERLING – The city is having a tree dedication ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Arbor Day, north of the Sterling High School field house as part of its effort to earn Tree City USA designation.

To be named a Tree City, a city must have an established tree board, a tree ordinance, and Arbor Day celebrations.

The city has submitted its materials and is awaiting word from the Arbor Day Foundation on whether it earned the designation, said Hadley Skeffington-Vos, assistant to City Manager Scott Shumard.

“It’s definitely a point of pride for the city,” she said. “It opens you up to different grants that you might not be able to apply for if you’re not a tree city. Some grants give you extra points if you are a tree city.”

The city will receive a banner, a plaque, a flag and 10 free trees upon designation, she said.

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