The City of Ottumwa has been recognized for its efforts in promoting the importance of trees in the community.
The City of Ottumwa was recently honored with the 2020 Tree City USA Growth Award. Every year the Urban Forestry Awards recognizes cities, college campuses and utilities that show dedication to the importance of trees in their respective communities.
All awards are presented on behalf of the Arbor Day Foundation and the Iowa Department of
Natural Resources. This is the 31st year for the awards. Ottumwa is one of more than 3,600 Tree City
USA communities. To receive the award, a city must, at a minimum, provide education and public relations, partnerships, planning and management, and tree planting and maintenance in their communities.