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Bismarck City Forester, Jackson Bird, accepted the 2010 Community of the Year Trees Award at a ceremony held November 13, 2010. The award winners were presented with a special Trees Awards plaque and limited edition centennial trees print, and recognized during the NDSU half-time activities at the Trees Bowl Football Game in the Fargo dome.
The Trees Award is sponsored by the North Dakota Forest Service and recognizes individuals,organizations and agencies who contribute in an outstanding way to forestry activities including: fire mitigation, tree planting or environmental education. Bismarck was recognized in particular for its “Partners in Planting” program where community minded sponsors have partnered together with the City of Bismarck to provide funds for a matching grant to help homeowners plant street trees. These efforts improve forest resources, enhance quality of life, and impact Bismarck’s health, safety and economy. “It is the willingness and support of Bismarck’s corporate sponsors and citizens and their partnership efforts with the City Forestry Department to plant and care for trees that contributed to Bismarck receiving the Community of the Year Award from the North Dakota Forest Service”, said Jackson Bird, Bismarck City Forester.