At the Annual Urban Forestry Awards on April 4, Coralville received its 26th year designation as a Tree City USA from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Coralville was also awarded a Tree City USA Growth Award for outstanding work in planning and in planting trees in Coralville.
Coralville Parks and Recreation coordinates an active urban forestry program including regular pruning operations, plants an average of 150 or more trees per year, and works to control invasive species in areas of Coralville woodlands.
In 2017, the City of Coralville also completed and published an Emerald Ash Borer plan for the parks and streetscape system, as well as the for the general public for residential and commercial businesses. In September of 2017, the City was awarded a REAP Grant (Resource Enhancement and Protection Grant) from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources which will help control invasive honeysuckle, multiflora rose, and oriental bittersweet in several forested areas in the park system.
Photo (left to right): Bruce Trautman, Deputy Director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources; Josh Worrell, Coralville Native Vegetation Specialist; Alex Buhmeyer, Coralville Parks Superintendent; and Jeff Goerndt, State Forester.