City of Spearfish receives tree-mendous honor

The Growth Award Given To The City Of SpearfishSPEARFISH, S.D. –The city of Spearfish received a tree-mendous honor recently for their urban forest.

Spearfish has been recognized as a member of Tree City USA for several years. They currently hold the state record for most consecutive years receiving the Growth Award from 1991 through 1995.

The Parks Department received the award in 2021 for their combined efforts with a Black Hills State student in cataloging information on the trees in the city.

Information gathered can help with maintenance and determining what to plant.

“Different areas of town have different types of soil, different types of micro-climates,” Parks Superintendent for the city Rex McDonald said. “And so having this inventory as a resource we can use really helps us in guiding what our urban canopy will look like in the future.”

The Growth Award recognizes cities for going above and beyond standard maintenance and care to preserve local foliage.

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