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.