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Marion Gets Tree City USA Award

MARION (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Marion is receiving national recognition for its trees. The National Arbor Day Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Forestry Bureau announced the City of Marion has received the 2013 Tree City USA Growth Award. This marks the 21st year Marion has received this designation.

"The Tree City USA Growth award is a symbol for communities who have made a commitment to the management of public trees," noted State Forester Paul Tauke.

"The City of Marion has provided an outstanding example for other Iowa communities by enhancing forest resources and demonstrating the great value of trees in providing multiple benefits for future generations."

Marion was one of 70 Iowa communities to qualify for Tree City USA Growth status. To receive the award a city must meet these requirements:
1) possess either a city forester or have an active city tree board
2) have a tree ordinance
3) annually spend at least $2 per capita for its community forestry program.

Pictured above (from left-right): Chuck Gipp, Director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Dustin Hinrichs, City of Marion Tree Board member, and Paul Tauke, State Forester
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