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Beline Obeid
May 01, 2014
CITY OF GROSSE POINTE — The city more than exceeded its minimum financial requirement to maintain status as a Tree City USA.

"The program requires an annual forestry budget of at least $2 per capita," said Frank Schulte, public service supervisor. "The city currently budgets over $11.75 per capita."

Tree City USA status is bestowed by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

"The foundation has awarded the city its standard Tree City USA award for 28 straight years," Schulte said.

To qualify, a city must have a tree department, tree ordinance, forestry budget and an Arbor Day observation with proclamation.

"Citizens of Grosse Pointe, through their representatives on the Beautification Commission and throughout the city, appreciate the scenic beauty of trees and the environmental significance and benefit of forestry programs," according to an April 14 proclamation by Mayor Dale Scrace observing Arbor Week.

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