The National Arbor Day Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources – Forestry Bureau are proud to announce that the City of Gladbrook has received the 2012 Tree City USA Growth Award at the 23rd Annual Community Forestry Awards Luncheon, held at the Stoney Creek Inn on April 2, 2013. State Forester Paul Tauke commented, “The Tree City USA Growth award is a symbol for communities who have made a commitment to the management of public trees.” The city of Gladbrook has provided an outstanding example for other Iowa communities, by enhancing our forest resources and demonstrating the great value of trees in providing multiple benefits for future generations. Gladbrook was one of 24 Iowa communities to qualify for Tree City USA Growth status. To receive the award a city must meet four minimum requirements in the following categories: 1) Education and Public Relations, 2) Partnerships, 3) Planning and Management, and 4) Tree Planting and Maintenance. This was the 10th year Gladbrook has been awarded Tree City and the 9th year for Growth Award.
John and Pat Clausen representing Gladbrook Trees Forever received the 2012 Tree City USA Growth Award and the 23rd Annual Community Forestry Awards Luncheon held April 2, 2013. Pictures are (l-r) Chuck Gipp, Director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Pat Clausen, John Clausen, and Paul Tauke, State Forester .