In January 2016, the city of Frankenmuth was named Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the 33rd straight year. Started in 1976 and sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, the Tree City USA program in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
Frankenmuth achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.
Frankenmuth will be celebrating Arbor Day on April 29th at 1pm in Memorial Park at the top of the hills near the bandshell bathrooms. The City of Frankenmuth Tree Board and City Beautification Committee invite the entire community to come out and participate in the event. The List Elementary School third grade class will be sharing song and stories about arbor day followed by a planting of a Sterling Silver Linden Tree.
Along with this celebration, Frankenmuth’s downtown trees will sport some literature on how these trees are benefiting our community. This literature will be complemented with drawings from List Elementary students focused on trees and Arbor Day celebration, so don’t forget to take a walk downtown from April 18th through May 1, 2016!
Guest Blogger Dan Hopp is currently the Green Space Manager for the City of Frankenmuth. He studied Horticulture at Michigan State University and has been working full time in the industry for 15 years. He has worked as an annual grower, a landscape designer and manager of commercial green spaces through the years. Growing up in his family’s garden center business, he has spent his entire life working with and around plants and landscapes.