Cullman honored as “Tree City” for 29th straight year

W.C. Mann

Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs with St. Paul's Lutheran School's Gracie Moody, who won first place in her school's Arbor Day poster contest

CULLMAN – On Thursday morning, the Alabama Forestry Commission and Extension Service were on hand at Cullman City Hall to honor the city for its 29th consecutive recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City U.S.A. community.

To achieve this designation, a municipality must:

* maintain a tree board or department

* have a community tree ordinance

* spend at least $2 per resident on urban forestry

* celebrate Arbor Day

After Mayor Woody Jacobs read a proclamation declaring Feb. 19-25, 2017 Arbor Week in Cullman, Forestry Commission representatives presented him a new Tree City flag to replace the flag that has flown at city hall since last year.

Also on hand were students, staff and parents from local schools who participated in the Arbor Day poster contest.  First and second place winners from each school were announced and recognized.

* Gracie Moody, first place, St. Paul's Lutheran School

* Garrett Mobley, second place


* Katie Skinner, first place, East Elementary

* Jackson Bentley, second place


* Harley Stephens, first place, West Elementary

* Peyton Bradley, second place


* Etta Hudson, first place, Cullman Christian School

* Isaac Murphree, second place


* Elaina Agnello, first place, Sacred Heart School

* Thomas Baillargeon, second place


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