The city of Madras is celebrating its 21st year as a Tree City USA community.

The public is invited to join city staff, the city’s Urban Forestry Commission, and the local Kids Club in celebrating this accomplishment during an Annual Arbor Day event on Friday, April 25, at 4 p.m. at the walking trail at Ninth and B streets. This year’s theme is “Trees are terrific where you live and play.”

Winners of the poster contest were: kindergarten: first place, Cooper Hurtado; first and second grades: first place, Alice Belgrade, second place, Evelyn Hernandez, third place Lillerai Bennett; third grade: first place, Vanessa Vallotton, second place, Yasmari Hernandez, and third place, Cael White; fourth and fifth grade: first place, Yessel Segura, second place, Lexie Islas, and third place, Braxton Bowen.

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.

Madras has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community. Tree City USA communities must have a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

“We commend Madras’ elected officials, volunteers and its citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and found of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees provide numerous environmental, economical and health benefits to millions of people each day, and we applaud communities that make planting and caring for trees a top priority.”

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