Steve Blue, City Forester
Salina Receives Forestry Awards at Statewide Ceremony
At a ceremony in Newton, Kansas, the Kansas Forest Service and Arbor Day Foundation recognized Salina for the 26th consecutive year as a Tree City USA Community. Bob Ash, City of Salina Parks Superintendent, was awarded the Community Forestry Award.
To qualify as a Tree City USA Community, a town or city must designate a tree board or department by municipal ordinance to operate the program, have an annual budget of $2 per capita, and observe Arbor Day on the last Friday in April with a proclamation and tree planting ceremony. These standards have been established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters.
The Community Forestry Award is presented annually to an individual who has made a positive and measurable impact on forestry within their own community, region and state. Ash was selected as the recipient by District Foresters of the Kansas Forest Service.
For further information about trees or how you can help support community forestry in Salina, contact Steve Blue, the City of Salina Forester, at (785) 826-7275.
Visit www.salina-ks.gov to learn more about the City of Salina Parks and Forestry Department and www.arborday.org to learn more about the Arbor Day Foundation.