Rochester Hills Celebrates 33 Years as a Tree City USA Community

Celebrate Arbor Day with Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan K. Barnett and City staff at the annual Tree Planting Ceremony at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 28, at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. 

The City of Rochester Hills will be planting a Black Walnut tree at the Museum, helping to recreate the historic landscape on the park grounds. The tree is symbolic in many ways, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Stoney Creek Village as well as the City’s 33rd consecutive year as a Tree City USA community. This is also the 8th year receiving a Growth Award for going above and beyond. 

Arbor Day 2016 in Rochester Hills

“It’s an honor to be celebrating 33 years as a Tree City USA community,” said Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. “As the first and only community in Michigan to participate in the Community Canopy program through the Arbor Day foundation where we provide free trees to residents to plant on their private property, we understand the valuable role our tree canopy plays in our community and are excited to see it continue to grow.” 

Following the planting of the tree by an area Boy Scout Troop, visitors will enjoy light refreshments and explore the Museum grounds, buildings, and displays. Everyone who attends will also receive free tree seedlings. 

During the week leading up to Arbor Day, City team members will provide seedlings to local elementary schools to help promote the importance of trees and add to our community canopy. 

As one of over 3,000 communities across the country recognized as a Tree City USA, the City of Rochester Hills is proud to celebrate its years of dedication to tree planting, conservation, and environmental stewardship. 

The City of Rochester Hills promotes planting through multiple annual free tree planting programs including the Arbor Day’s Community Canopy Program. Info on this program can be found at

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is located at 1005 Van Hoosen Road. The Museum is open for public drop-in hours on Fridays and Saturdays from 12 noon-3:00 p.m. A guided tour of the Van Hoosen Farmhouse takes place at 1:00 p.m. For more information about the Museum, visit

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