Life In The Maple City: A Tree City U.S.A.
Hello, fellow Goshenites!
I’m excited to share that April is going to be a month for celebrating trees. Each week, I will highlight an aspect of our trees that helps make our city “The Maple City.” Thanks to our urban forest, Goshen has been named a Tree City U.S.A. by the National Arbor Foundation for over two decades. Follow along with my posts to learn more about the magnificent plants around us and explore some ways the Goshen Guide can be used. All of this will be done in anticipation of Arbor Day on April 27th.
In preparation for this project, I met with Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley, our city forester. Aaron is enthusastic about all trees but particularly the trees in Goshen. Whether it’s discussing scientific data or retelling stories, Aaron’s eyes light up when he talks about Goshen’s trees. He admires and appreciates our urban forest in a way I hope to help you all see in the following weeks. Trees make Goshen great, and if we can do it right, trees can continue to make Goshen great for generations to come.
Ken Horst and his granddaughter work on tree plantings together, and painted this sign seen on S. 16th Street.