Trees provide an array of environmental benefits but also provide social and economic benefits as well. A few examples include reduced stormwater runoff, moderation of temperatures, increased property values, and contribution to personal and community health. Recognizing the many benefits associated with trees, Ramsey strives to manage and foster the growth of our community forest, a vital natural resource. As a result, Ramsey qualifies as a Tree City USA.
About Tree City USA
Tree City USA is a national program that recognizes communities taking specific actions to manage their community forest properly. Four core standards must be met to be acknowledged as a Tree City USA. The Arbor Day Foundation designed the standards to ensure a qualifying community had a viable community forest management plan and program.
The standards are:
Establish/maintain a Tree Board or Department (Ramsey has an Environmental Policy Board that satisfies this requirement).
A tree care ordinance (Ramsey has a Tree Preservation Ordinance).
A community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita (through tree maintenance activities such as trimming, planting, and removals, landscape requirements, plan reviews, and shade tree disease management, Ramsey generally far exceeds this standard).
An Arbor Day observance and proclamation (annually, the City Council adopts a resolution to recognize and observe Arbor Day, and the City coordinates a tree planting event in honor of Arbor Day).
Ramsey has been recognized as a Tree City USA for 30 consecutive years! While that is an outstanding achievement, there is still room for improvement. City staff and the Environmental Policy Board will continue with efforts to manage this vital resource properly and look for areas for improvement.