Tree City USA
Hastings, Minnesota has been recognized as a Tree City USA since 1996. Maintaining this status shows the pride that all volunteers and professionals have in working to improve community tree care. The benefits can touch the lives of all the citizens.
The National Arbor Day Foundation, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, recognizes towns and cities across America that meet the standards of the TREE CITY USA program.
At least half of the trees in our City are on public property along streets, in parks, and around public building. The TREE CITY USA program is designed to recognize us as a community that effectively manages our public tree resources, and to encourage the implementation of community tree management based on four TREE CITY USA standards.
These standards provide structure for the Hastings forestry program, require us to demonstrate success based on the judgment of the state forester's office and provide for an awareness and appreciation of trees among our residents.
TREE CITY USA is an ongoing community improvement program, and we apply for recertification each year. Ongoing recognition not only contributes to the community's pride, but also keeps us in touch with other cities and resources, which can help to improve our program.
Twin Cities Tree Trust
Founded in 1976 to help low income neighborhoods reforest in the wake of Dutch elm disease, Tree Trust has been operating employment and education programs ever since. Their largest program involves helping at-risk youth and underemployed adults develop basic employment skills as they work on major park improvement projects. On various community-outreach programs, Tree Trust helps communities foster the development and care of their community trees and surrounding natural environment.
The Hastings Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with Tree Trust for many years in the Youth Employment Training Program. Each year, projects within the parks are completed that could not otherwise be done. It was a win-win situation for the community and the youth participants.
The Tree Trust is at:
2350 Wycliff Street, Suite 200
Saint Paul , MN 55114
Affiliated Member of MnSTAC
The Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee (MnSTAC) was formed in 1974 as a forum to develop a collective vision for the future of Minnesota 's Community Forests. The group's diverse membership represents nurseries, public utilities, consultants, members of the tree care industry, community groups, non-profits, academic institutions, University of Minnesota Extension Service , and federal, state, and local government agencies. The role of the committee is to advise the Minnesota State Legislature of the best ways to preserve, protect, expand and improve urban and community forests. The committee has developed task forces focusing on Arbor Month, community outreach, tree preservation, education and oak wilt control.
Our city forester's membership benefits the community by:
- learning how others care for their community trees
- learning about funding for community tree programs
- networking with a diverse group of people who represent urban forestry
- creating partnerships that unite expertise and resources to develop sustainable community forestry programs
- supporting local state and federal initiatives for research and program funding
- learning about the latest community forestry techniques and research
This site also has links to many other good resources.
MnSTAC has one of the best web sites available as a resource for tree related issues: http://www.mnstac.org/