City celebrates 30 years as ‘Tree City USA’


On Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs, along with area students, members of the city’s tree commission and the Alabama Forestry Commission, celebrated Cullman’s “Tree City USA” designation. The city has received the designation now for 30 years. / W.C. Mann

CULLMAN – On Thursday, Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs met with the city’s tree commission and local students to celebrate Cullman’s 30th consecutive year being designated as a “Tree City USA.” The mayor also recognized the winners of the city’s Tree City poster contest. 

Also in attendance were Cullman City Councilman Johnny Cook, City Arborist Darrell Johns and Alabama Forestry Commission representative Albert Mayo, along with tree commission members Everett Wier, Peggy Harris, Nona Moon and Helen Marie Dahlke.  Commission member Jan Barnett was unable to attend.

The first-place poster contest winners:

  • Ava Flores, East Elementary School
  • Jazmin Conn, West Elementary School
  • Addison “Addi” Dyer, Cullman Christian School
  • Aubrey Hastings, Sacred Heart School
  • Rachel Dueland, St. Paul’s Lutheran School

Each school’s first-place winner received a $25 check from the City of Cullman and a certificate of participation from the State of Alabama.

The second-place poster contest winners:

  • Cole Harrison, East Elementary School
  • Hilson Cole, West Elementary School
  • Mariel Dominguez, Cullman Christian School
  • Kambelle Gentry, Sacred Heart School
  • Cash Miller, St. Paul’s Lutheran School

Each second-place winner received a $15 check from the City of Cullman.

On its website, the Arbor Day Foundation says of the Tree City USA program:

“More than 3,400 communities have made the commitment to becoming a Tree City USA. They have achieved Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.”

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