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Ottumwa Stories: Tree City USA!

Published June 1, 2021

Look around Ottumwa and it’s easy to see that trees are an important part of our community. From our city parks to our neighborhoods to our trails and nature areas, you’ll see trees everywhere. They not only help the city’s visual appeal, but they reduce cooling costs during the hottest months, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat.

And we’re proud to have been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. To earn this recognition, a city must have 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.

Earlier this year, the City of Ottumwa was honored with the 2020 Tree City USA Growth Award. Every year the Urban Forestry Awards recognizes cities, college campuses and utilities that demonstrate a variety of dedication to the importance of trees in their respective areas. To receive the award, a city must show how it provide, education and public relations, partnerships, planning and management, and tree planting and maintenance in their communities. 

How can you best experience what Ottumwa: Tree City USA has to offer? We’re so glad you asked.

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