Whiting Receives National Recognition

Whiting, IN, was named a Tree City USA for the seventeenth year in a row. This national recognition, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of Foresters, honors municipalities that demonstrate a commitment to community forestry. Whiting met the four standards set four standards set by the Arbor Day Foundation for this honor: an ongoing tree board, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. The Whiting Tree Board, which is chaired by resident Connie Finnegan, meets regularly to oversee the maintenance and planting of trees on public property. Whiting’s tree ordinance set guidelines for tree maintenance and prescribes the types of trees that may be planted. An ongoing forestry maintenance program provides for the replacement of every single tree that is removed from City property. The annual Arbor Day celebration, which will be celebrated on Friday, May 8th at 1:00 pm, culminates in the planting of memorial trees and the presentation of the “Johnny Appleseed Award”. This award is presented to a resident or business who demonstrates an appreciable commitment to trees. Memorial trees are provided by Baran Funeral Home in remembrance of lost loved ones.