Duluth awarded Tree City USA status with a tree planting event

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Duluth became part of the Tree City USA communities over the course of 31 years, by dedicating protection to forests.

In honor of Minnesota’s Climate Week, Duluth celebrated an Arbor Day celebration planting white pine trees.

While planting the white pines, people learned about Duluth history, plants and the city’s Climate plan.

Mindy Granley, the city of Duluth’s Sustainability Officer, talked about how planting these trees help against Climate Change.

“Our Climate Action Work Plan has several areas where we list things that we can do for climate action that also help improve our green spaces. And that will be part of how we pursue carbon sequestration in the future.” Grenley said.

Clark Christenson, a city Forester, explained how trees and plants help with land value, including ecological benefits.

“So how do we keep them happy and healthy? You know, it starts with planting, and for us making sure that they are planted. Right. But then after that, you know, we’re watering, we’re pruning, we’re continuing to look after those trees and make sure that they’re not just there, but hopefully growing and growing vigorously.” Christensen said.

Duluth also went above and beyond, the normal Tree City USA award. The city also won the Tree City USA Growth award for the last five years, by building sustainable community forestry programs over the long term.

For more information about helping the environment and making Duluth more sustainable, you can look on their website https://duluthmn.gov/sustain/