Bloomington Named Tree City USA
For 31st year
The City of Bloomington has again been recognized by the non-profit Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community. This is the 31st year Bloomington has earned the national designation.
To be recognized as a Tree City; a community must have a department designated for forestry, a tree care ordinance, a community forestry plan with a two dollar per capita budget allocation and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. Bloomington’s Arbor Day observance is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on April 27th, 2018 at Fox Creek Elementary School.
In addition, this year the City was awarded the Tree City USA Growth Award. This is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to recognize higher levels of tree care by participating Tree City USA communities. The Growth Award highlights innovative programs and projects as well as increased commitment of resources for urban forestry. It also provides an opportunity to share new ideas and successes across the country.
The Bloomington Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department (PR&CA) has conducted several projects to keep the City’s tree-friendly status in good order. PR&CA has three crews; each led by a full time forester, and manages all the trees on city streets, parks and right of ways.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the U.S.D.A. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
For more information regarding Bloomington forestry projects and the Tree City USA designation contact Robert Moews at 309-434-2280.