During the 32nd annual Trees Bowl and Awards Ceremony, sponsored by North Dakota State University and the North Dakota Forest Service, 54 communities across the state were recognized.

The Fargodome celebrated the honorees on Saturday, September 10th, 2022. Those recognized by the Tree Awards included agencies, organizations, and individuals who contribute in outstanding ways to improve forestry activity in their community.

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Because of exceptional commitment to urban and community forestry resources,

54 communities from North Dakota earned the coveted designation of "Tree City USA" through the Arbor Day Foundation.

Criteria to earn such recognition, communities had to meet four overarching standards set forth by the Arbor Day Foundation.

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The four areas included maintaining a tree board or department, spending two dollars ($2) at least per capita on urban forestry, having a community tree ordinance, and celebrating Arbor Day.


The belief behind Tree City USA is that collaborative effort as such impacts North Dakota's state health, safety, and economy; thus will enhance the quality of life; and believe to make our cities and towns a more beautiful place to live, work and play.

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The 2022 North Dakota Tree City USA Communities honored include:

Wyndmere, Wishek, Williston, West Fargo, Watford City, Washburn, Walhalla, Wahpeton, Valley City, Towner, Tower City, Sibley, Rutland, Rugby, Pekin, Oakes, Northwood, New Rockford, Mohall, Minot, Milnor, McVille, Mandan, Lisbon, Lincoln, Larimore, Lankin, Langdon, Lakota, Kindred, Jamestown, Hazen, Hatton, Harvey, Gwinner, Granville, Grand Forks, Grafton, Garrison, Forman, Fargo, Fairmount, Ellendale, Dickinson, Devils Lake, Cooperstown, Cavalier Space Force Station, Casselton, Carrington, Cando, Bottineau, Bismarck, and Arthur.

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The winners representing the communities recognized were provided a luncheon at the Fargodome, which was followed by the awards ceremony in which NDSU President David Cook and State Forester Thomas Claeys presented each community with a certificate.

Following the ceremony, the winners then attended the "Tree Bowl" NDSU football game and were again recognized that afternoon during half-time. Following the game, the ND Forest Service distributed some 3,000 free tree seedlings to attendees of the football game.


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