May 2, 2017

Watford City to celebrate 25 years as Tree City USA

Watford City to celebrate 25 years as Tree City USA

By Jack Dura
Farmer Staff Writer

Less than 2 percent of North Dakota’s land is forested, but 67 percent of the state’s residents live in a Tree City USA community.
Watford City is one of those communities. The North Dakota Forest Service will help honor the city’s 25 years as a Tree City USA this Friday  with a planting ceremony, including a special selection of Prairie Expedition American Elm, derived from a survivor of elms ravaged by Dutch Elm disease along the Wild Rice River.
North Dakota State Forester Larry Kotchman said the honor of living in a Tree City USA community is significant, particularly with the emphasis the state has on tree planting and care, from communities to agriculture.
This year’s 25th anniversary Tree City USA planting ceremony is set for 1 p.m. Friday, May 5, at the Kent Pelton Nature Park in Watford City.

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