Sterling Heights has won 'Tree City USA' award 28 straight years - New York News

Sterling Heights has won 'Tree City USA' award 28 straight years

Posted: Updated:
Buds on a tree in Sterling Heights.  The Detroit suburb has been received the "Tree City USA" award 28 straight years. Buds on a tree in Sterling Heights. The Detroit suburb has been received the "Tree City USA" award 28 straight years.
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (WJBK) -

Tree trimmers were hard at work in Sterling Heights on Monday maintaining the trees that help make the city beautiful.

For more than two dozen years, Sterling Heights has received the Tree City USA award from the National Arbor Foundation.  The program recognizes communities with a commitment to forestry, caring for and maintaining trees.

"We're a major municipal community and suburban community, and we do have a large forest here that runs alongside the Clinton River," said Steve Guitar, the city's community relations director.  "You go back there and it's like being up north."

Guitar said last year the city spent about half a million dollars on forestry to maintain more than 4,000 trees and plant 200 new ones.

"It improves our quality of life.  It improves the aesthetics of the neighborhood.  It keeps property values up, and I think it really enhances our neighborhoods," Guitar said.

What's more, trees increase property values, and they absorb carbon dioxide and put out oxygen.  The Arbor Day Foundation says they can even help stimulate the economy by attracting new business and tourism.

Sterling Heights has a forester in the Public Works Department and a tree replacement program.  The city also has a tree preservation ordinance that requires developers to preserve a large percentage of trees or replace those lost during construction.

"We were one of the first in the state to have that ordinance in place, so we've been honored for that in the past," Guitar said.

The city is also proud to have started a new curbside recycling program this spring.  The mayor says Sterling Heights cares about the environment and providing a good quality of life for its residents.

  • Robin SchwartzRobin SchwartzMore>>

  • Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:38:55 GMT
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
  • 33 suspects arrested with ties to Latin Counts street gang

    33 suspects arrested with ties to Latin Counts street gang

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:10:22 GMT
    Right now, nearly three dozen violent criminals are off the streets. The U.S. Attorney says they have ties to the Latin Counts gang in southwest Detroit. Their arrests are part of a joint effort called Detroit One.
    Right now, nearly three dozen violent criminals are off the streets. The U.S. Attorney says they have ties to the Latin Counts gang in southwest Detroit. Their arrests are part of a joint effort called Detroit One.
  • Handmade furniture from Detroit reclaimed lumber

    Handmade furniture from Detroit reclaimed lumber

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:18:32 GMT
    A new brand of furniture is made with wood from deconstructed Detroit homes. The tables are now being sold at Gardner White Furniture stores.
    A new brand of furniture is made with wood from deconstructed Detroit homes. The tables are now being sold at Gardner White Furniture stores.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Porch shooter Renisha McBride back in court for 3rd day of trial

    Porch shooter Renisha McBride back in court for 3rd day of trial

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:29 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:29:42 GMT
    The trial of a Detroit-area man who killed a young unarmed woman on his porch is entering its first full week of testimony.
    The trial of a Detroit-area man who killed a young unarmed woman on his porch is entering its first full week of testimony.
  • Power outage numbers across southeast Michigan

    Power outage numbers across southeast Michigan

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:01 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:01:04 GMT
    As of 6 a.m., approximately 165,000 DTE Energy customers are out of electric service due to the high winds and lightning that hit southeast Michigan Sunday afternoon. DTE has restored power to 21,000 customers that were affected by the storm, which included wind gusts of up to 70 m.p.h. in the DTE service area.
    As of 6 a.m., approximately 165,000 DTE Energy customers are out of electric service due to the high winds and lightning that hit southeast Michigan Sunday afternoon. DTE has restored power to 21,000 customers that were affected by the storm, which included wind gusts of up to 70 m.p.h. in the DTE service area.
  • Dollar Tree buys Family Dollar

    Dollar Tree buys Family Dollar

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:34 AM EDT2014-07-28 11:34:12 GMT
    Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion.
    Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices