TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City, the Village of Kingsley and Frankfort are among 125 Michigan communities certified as “Tree City USA” for their work in 2013.
The recognition goes to municipalities that promote community forestry. Cities and villages must have a board or department that oversees tree care, a tree ordinance, an official Arbor Day celebration and proclamation, and a public tree care budget of at least $2 per capita, according to a press release from the Department of Natural Resources.
All three of the municipalities in northwest lower Michigan were recognized in past years.
The Tree City USA program is run by the Arbor Day Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to planting trees.