The Midwestern Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture has presented its 2017 Gold Leaf Award to the city of St. Martins.
The Gold Leaf Award is designed to recognize an individual, organization or community in the Midwestern Chapter area for outstanding Arbor Day programs or community landscape beautification projects.
St. Martins received the award for educational Arbor Day programs hosted by the city at Niekamp Park. More than 400 students from St. Martin School and Pioneer Trail School attended the Arbor Day programs in 2016 and 2017.
Assisting the city in developing the programs were Anne Koenig and Cory Gregg, foresters with the Missouri Department of Conservation; Hentges Tree Service safety manager Phil Rockers; Lori Kiso, communications specialist for Three Rivers Electric Cooperative; and Nancy Gibler, director of business development for Central Electric Power Cooperative.
The Midwestern Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture represents Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.