The City of Dysart was recently honored with the 2016 Tree City USA Growth Award at the 27th Annual Community Forestry Awards Luncheon in Des Moines. The award was presented by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Bureau April 6th at the Forte Banquet & Conference Center.
"The Tree City USA award is a symbol for communities who have made a commitment to the management of public trees," says state forester Paul Tauke. "The City of Dysart has provided an outstanding example for other Iowa communities by enhancing our forest resources and demonstrating the great value of trees in providing multiple benefits for future generations."
Dysart was one of 17 Iowa communities to qualify for Tree City USA Growth status. To receive the award, a city must, at a minimum, provide education and public relations; partnerships; planning and management; and tree planting and maintenance in their communities.
Pictured are members of the group at the Iowa Urban Forestry Award Luncheon, front row (L to R): Ruth Schafbuch, Susan Fuchs, Catharine Wieck, Eunice Pingenot. Middle row: Joanne Ternus, Debi Miller. Back row: Tom Pingenot, Chuck Gipp-Director of the Iowa DNR, Al Schafbuch, Lyle Ternus, Erich Fuchs, Mayor Pam Thiele, and Paul Tauke-State Frester.
Nine representatives from the Dysart Tree Board and the Tree Board business partners, Tom and Eunice Pingenot from John's Qwik Stop, attended the annual event. This is the 29th year in which the City of Dysart has received the Tree city USA Award and the 25th year for the Growth Award.