The City of Muskogee was recognized by Oklahoma Forestry Services and the Oklahoma Urban and Community Forestry Council for achieving national certification from the Arbor Day Foundation. Communities, universities, military bases, and utility companies can earn this special recognition by accomplishing specific criteria related to planting and caring for trees, woodlands and community forests. Muskogee was among 21 cities recently honored at the state Arbor Week Kickoff celebration held at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City on March 13. Oklahoma celebrates Arbor Week the last full week of March.
Communities can earn Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound community forestry management; maintaining a tree board; having a community tree ordinance; spending a minimum of two dollars per capita on community forestry activities; and celebrating Arbor Week.
The City of Muskogee, through the Parks & Recreation Department’s Forestry Division, has achieved Tree City USA certification for 30 years. The original certification was compiled and submitted by the (then) new Park Superintendent Mark Wilkerson in 1988. Muskogee is exceeded in the number of years of certification by only 4 other Oklahoma communities. (Pauls Valley, Midwest City, Bartlesville, & Claremore)
Our Forestry Division, under the guidance of Mr. Nick Frazee, will be hosting Muskogee’s Arbor Week celebration this Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m. at the C. Clay Harrell Arboretum in Honor Heights Park. We have two Certified Arborists on our Forestry Crew. Both Nick and Tim Doerner have gone through the rigorous process & testing and are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture.
The City of Muskogee welcomes your attendance at this year’s celebration as the newest memorial additions are dedicated to the arboretum.