MONTROSE, Colo. (KREX) — For the 33rd time, the Arbor Day Foundation has honored the City of Montrose as a 2022 Tree City USA.

The award honors the city’s commitment to effective urban forest management.

Every year the Montrose Parks Department plants new trees to increase the city’s index of right-of-way trees. The total currently sits at 7,498 trees, according to City of Montrose Parks Superintendent Daniel Payne.

Trees in our city increase property values, enhance economic vitality of business areas, and beautify the community, and trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiratual renewal.

Mayor Barbara Bynum

To achieve Tree City USA status, a city must meet four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Montrose Parks Department has scheduled a tree-planting event in Buckley Park on Friday, April 28, at 10 a.m.

Visit the City of Montrose website to learn more about Earth Week in Montrose.