Holiday Island marks seven years as a Tree City

Friday, April 12, 2013
Holiday Island Tree City founding board member Dottie Hill gets ready to plant a white cherry tree for last year's Arbor Day observance. This year a pink cherry will be planted to mark Holiday Island's seventh year as a Tree City USA. Photo courtesy of Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District

HOLIDAY ISLAND -- The Arbor Day Foundation recently named Holiday Island a 2012 Tree City USA for the seventh time.

The recognition is given to those communities who meet four criteria: 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.

Founding Tree City member and Chairman Dottie Hill said the community has been supportive of the budget for this activity by leaving donations in cans placed at Sun Fest Market, both Pro Shops and the Back Porch Restaurant.

"I want to let people know how much I appreciate that," she said. "That is the only money I get to pay for these trees."

Volunteer labor and help from the district also counts toward the budget, said district staff, such as tree trimming and help preparing the ground to plant new trees in the Spring.

Hill said this year's tree will be a double-blooming pink cherry, planted in the same area as last year's, on the 18-hole golf course.

"Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Holiday Island make smart investments in urban forests," said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits."

The Tree City program is sponsored in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

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