Cape Girardeau Named Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation

Information from an Arbor Day Foundation News Release

The Arbor Day Foundation recently announced that Cape Girardeau, Mo., was named a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry. It is the 14th year Cape Girardeau has earned this national honor.

“We all benefit when communities like Cape Girardeau place a high priority on planting and caring for trees,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “We applaud Cape Girardeau’s elected officials, volunteers and citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest.”

Cape Girardeau continues to meet the four standards to become a Tree City USA community by having a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

More information about Tree City USA is available at

Trees were planted outside the new Shawnee Park Center in observance of Arbor Day in April 2012 in Cape Girardeau. From left to right: Missouri Department of Conservation Forester Rockie Hayes; Cape Girardeau Tree Board members Robert Harris and Kevin Govero; Parks and Recreation Director Julia Thompson; Public Works Director Tim Gramling; and Park Division Manager Brock Davis.