West Fargo Receives Arbor Day Foundation Growth Award – InForum

WEST FARGO – The City of West Fargo, an arbor town in the United States, has been named the recipient of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Growth Award for the seventh consecutive year. West Fargo was one of only three cities in North Dakota to receive the award for 2021 along with Cavalier and Wahpeton.

The Growth Award looks back on the previous year and recognizes major annual milestones and activities in five categories that combine to create sustainable community forestry programs.

“The Growth Award goes beyond our designation of Tree City USA. It recognizes that West Fargo continually implements innovative ideas and strategies to grow and promote our urban forestry programs,” said Chad Zander, West Fargo City Forester. “We are proud that this is our seventh year honored and strive to receive the award 10 years in a row, earning West Fargo the distinction of Sterling Community.”

West Fargo was recognized for its efforts in the following three categories, performance, team building or grant applications, and outreach.

He was recognized in performance or tree planting projects after the city planted two new community orchards in 2021 under the Community Orchard Program. Small local orchards are designed to promote healthy eating and provide appeal and a better quality of life in the neighborhoods where they are located. The orchards contain apple, pear, plum, and cherry trees with fruit that residents can pick and use. To learn more about the Community Orchard Program, visit



The West Fargo Forestry Division received two grants in the 2021 calendar year from the North Dakota Forest Service. The first grant provided funds to plant 107 new trees on 14th Avenue E. and the second grant supported the removal and replacement of ash trees under power lines on 3rd Avenue West. In total, the Forestry Division received $18,367.00 in 2021.

In 2021, West Fargo launched an advertising campaign called “Forestry Friday”. Content was posted on the City’s social media accounts highlighting bylaws, helpful tips and tricks, forestry standards, forestry photos and other relevant forestry issues to increase public awareness and education .

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