Rock Rapids Named Tree City USA
Rock Rapids was named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day in 1996. Rock Rapids has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community:
- having a tree board or department
- having a tree care ordinance
- having a comprehensive community forestry program
- having an Arbor Day observance and proclamation
Communities that receive Tree City USA recognition not only have take the time to meet those four standards, they recognize that:
- Trees moderate climate, conserve water and provide habitat for wildlife.
- Trees reduce the heat island effect caused by pavement and buildings.
- Properly placed trees can increase property values.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and USDA Forest Service.
More information about Tree City USA can be found at www.arborday.org/programs/treeCityUSA
The City of Rock Rapids commemorated Arbor Day 2016 on August 30 with planting of two Autumn Blaze Maples at the south side of the Soccer Fields. Picture shows Tree Board Chairman Evan De Boer planting Autumn Blaze Maple on Arbor Day.