Work by CTA planner, other locals help score Livingston ‘Tree City’ award
During a May 15 Arbor Day celebration at Miles Park in Livingston, MT, Gov. Steve Bullock presented city officials with the Tree City of the Year Award and helped plant a honey locus tree. In attendance alongside the governor were many community members, local elementary and middle school classes, Livingston City Commission members, and the City Tree Board.
As a new member of Livingston’s City Tree Board (she was appointed June 2), CTA senior planner Stephanie Ray has been active in raising community awareness about an emerald ash borer (beetle) infestation and its threat to ash trees, which comprise over 1700 trees within the city limits, nearly 45 percent of the local tree population.
“This was a wonderful community event, and a great honor for the Livingston community,” Ray said. “As a community planner, my responsibilities on behalf of CTA clients include public education, engagement, and outreach on issues that impact the livability of a community. I believe an active civic role is vital. Livingston has an incredible urban tree canopy and it is important to raise awareness now and work on preventative measures to protect these trees. This is an issue of great importance locally, but it’s also a national issue. All ash trees are susceptible and raising awareness is key.”