Berkley Named Tree City USA

The City of Berkley is proud to announce it was named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the 28th year in a row.

“That means for 28 years, residents around the city have been working to make sure we maintain our tree-lined streets and our beauty,” said Margaret Grassa, chair of the Berkley Tree Board, a volunteer committee charged with developing a comprehensive tree management and preservation program.

City Council designated April 15-21 as Arbor Day Week. To commemorate the occasion, the Tree Board, in partnership with the city’s Beautification Committee, will hold a “tree walk” in Berkley on April 14. The two groups will hand out literature encouraging residents to plant more trees. The walk begins at 9 a.m. at Berkley High School and the public is encouraged to join. On April 21, the city will plant three trees in the Kiwanis Tot Lot located on Cambridge near Cass.

Berkley residents also have a chance to win a tree in a raffle hosted by the Tree Board. Entry forms are available at City Hall, the Berkley Public Library, and the Community Center. The deadline to enter is April 18, and the drawing takes place on April 21.

Mayor Dan Terbrack noted that in 2004, the City of Berkley became the first community in Michigan to receive the Arbor Day Foundation’s Sterling Award as a leader and innovator in community forestry. “We take great pride in the beautiful canopy of trees that line so many of our neighborhoods,” Mayor Terbrack said.

Berkley achieved the 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 of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

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