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The City of West Fargo was named a Growth Award recipient by the Arbor Day Foundation for the eighth consecutive year and a Tree City USA for the 39th consecutive year.
The Tree City USA designation is given to communities that have a Forestry Division, tree ordinance, spend at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrate Arbor Day.
The Growth Award recognizes major milestones and annual activities over the past year that combine to build sustainable community forestry programs.
“The Growth Award recognizes that West Fargo is continually implementing innovative ideas and strategies to grow and promote our urban forestry programs,” said West Fargo City Forester Chad Zander. “We are proud that this is our eighth year honored and are striving to receive the award 10 years in a row to earn West Fargo the distinction of Sterling Community, which is the highest honor given by the Arbor Day Foundation.”
Arbor Day Celebration
The City’s Forestry Division and Urban Forestry Committee will host an Arbor Day Celebration at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, 2023 at West Fargo City Hall (800 4th Ave. E.). Each year the committee plants a tree in honor of a notable West Fargo resident. This year a tree will be planted in honor of Nancy and Gary Ostrom to recognize their many years of local business ownership and community support.
The event will feature an official Arbor Day Proclamation by Commission President Bernie Dardis and a Tree City USA presentation.