Thunder Bay Named Tree City of the World

The Sleeping Giant is seen from Hillcrest Park in Thunder Bay. The Sleeping Giant is seen from Hillcrest Park in Thunder Bay. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Created: February 13, 2020 11:08 AM

Thunder Bay has been designated as a Tree City of the World.


The designation from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Arbor Day Foundation recognizes Thunder Bay's work on the care and planning of urban forests and trees.  The five core standards of the recognition are establish responsibility, set the rules, know what you have, allocate the resources and celebrate achievements.

"The Tree Cities of the World program recognizes the efforts cities take toward greener, healthier communities," said Hiroto Mitsugi, the assistant director general of the FAO Forestry Department, in a news release. "The most successful urban landscapes are those that have factored trees into the plan. We applaud Thunder Bay's work to plant and care for its urban trees."

Thunder Bay is the ninth city in Canada, and the fourth in Ontario, to be named a Tree City of the World.  No cities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Michigan are on the list.

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