Proud to be for the birds and trees — and water

THE CITY OF PLYMOUTH has officially been for the trees for years.

Now we can add that we’re officially for water and the birds, too.

For many, many years the city has been designated an official Tree City USA city, in recognition of efforts by city officials to preserve and protect the multitude of trees in the city and to add to them.

At their last meeting, the City Council passed a resolution in support of International Migratory Bird Day on May 14. And at the same meeting, Plymouth was recognized as a Bronze Water Star community.

All of those recognitions highlight many of the features that make Plymouth such an attractive place to live, work, play, raise a family or even visit.

Quality of life in any community encompasses a number of factors, and that’s true in Plymouth as well.

The natural beauty and scenic quality of a city are a major part of that equation, and the recognitions that the city continues to receive for its efforts to preserve and enhance those qualities reinforce why Plymouth rates so highly.

The Bronze Water Star designation is part of a new program initiated by the University of Wisconsin-Extension, the state Department of Natural Resources and a number of other public and private groups. It recognizes communities that have gone above and beyond to protect and improve their water quality and water features.

Only a handful of the state’s many cities, towns and villages earned the Water Star designation and Plymouth should be rightly proud of its inclusion in that exclusive group.

Plymouth was recognized for its continuing efforts to improve water quality and habitat in the Mill Pond and to develop and promote the Mullet River walkway through downtown.

The Tree City USA designation that Plymouth has earned year after year is a reward for maintaining the trees that line so many of the city’s streets, fill our parks and line the Mullet River and the Mill Pond — all of which add to the charm and beauty of the city.

The trees and the water combine to make Plymouth a gathering spot for migratory birds as well, which the city will officially observe May 14 on International Migratory Bird Day.

Taken all together, it all adds up to more reasons why Plymouth is such a great place.

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