BP Named Tree City USA
Brooklyn Park has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation because of its commitment to community forestry. This is the 18th year the City has received this award. Brooklyn Park had to meet four standards to achieve the designation: having a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance. In addition the City also received the Tree City USA Growth Award for the 11th year.
“I am thrilled we are continuing our long history of being a Tree City USA. I am also proud of our park maintenance and forestry employees, who have shown a long term commitment to the environment and the community,” said Mayor Jeffrey Lunde.
To help celebrate Arbor Day and Month, the City will have its annual tree sale
on May 5, 2018.
In 2018 Minnesota is focusing on the benefits trees have toward water quality. Careful management of our forests is one of the best ways to protect drinking water and reduce the cost of water treatment. Trees and forest soils keep our lakes and streams clean by absorbing and filtering pollutants and sediments. Forest soils prevent flooding and reduce stormwater by capturing and storing rainwater and snowmelt, which is then slowly released to our lakes, streams, and groundwater. Sound management of forested public lands surrounding the Mississippi River ensures clean drinking water for more than one million Minnesotans. Planting trees is a natural and easy way to keep our water clean.
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit, environmental organization of nearly one million members. Its mission is to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.