The Arbor Day Foundation Recognizes ‘Tree Cities USA’ Snoqualmie and North Bend

Started in 1976, Tree City USA is one of the Arbor Day Foundation’s oldest programs. 

This program gives cities an avenue to celebrate their work, showing residents, visitors, and the entire country that they’re committed to the mission of environmental change.[1]

City of North Bend

This spring, the Arbor Day Foundation recognized North Bend as a 2021 Tree City USA in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.  

North Bend achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting each of the program’s four requirements: 

  • A tree board or department 
  • A tree care ordinance
  • An annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita 
  • An Arbor Day observance and proclamation. 

As North Bend passes its 11th consecutive year of achieving this recognition, Mike McCarty, AICP, Senior Planner, shared “Trees form a critical component of North Bend’s character and identity.  We are honored to once again be recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.” The City’s work in preserving trees and taking care of natural resources is twofold, he said. “We continue to plan in and work for a growing valley, while also implementing thoughtful policies that nurture and protect our trees, an asset our community deeply values.” 

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million-member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.

The Foundation partners with the US Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, with a combined network of more than 3,600 Tree City USA communities.

City of Snoqualmie

Snoqualmie celebrates its Tree City USA status and commitment to the environment with an Arbor Day event on April 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Centennial Fields, 39903 SE Park Street, and you’re invited!

This event is for all ages and includes tree planting, native plant restoration, a scavenger hunt and children’s activities, and a pizza lunch. 

Event Timeline:

10 a.m. – Specimen tree planting and invasive species removal.

12:30 p.m. – Mayor’s Proclamation, scavenger hunt, and children’s activities followed by a pizza lunch.

For more information about the Snoqualmie Arbor Day event, contact Urban Forester Phil Bennett at pbennett@snoqualmiewa.gov or Community Liaison Nicole Wiebe at nwiebe@snoqualmiewa.gov.


[1] https://www.arborday.org/programs/treecityusa/#standardsSection

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