by: Submitted Photo - Crystal McNeilly plants a weeping cherry tree as Metolius Mayor Sandy Toms looks on.

   The city of Metolius has met the four qualifications to apply for the designation of Tree City USA. Only 43 cities in Oregon have been named Tree Cities.
   City Council members passed a resolution May 1, to adopt the standards set out by Tree City USA.
   One of the requirements is that a city must celebrate Arbor Day and have a ceremonial tree planting within the city.
   This fall, the Arbor Day celebration was kicked off with a poster contest for fourth- and fifth-graders at Metolius Elementary, with the theme "Trees are Terrific and Energy Wise."
   Winners were presented with prizes and helped Mayor Sandy Toms plant a ceremonial weeping cherry tree on Sixth Street, at the corner of Jefferson Street, Oct. 7.
   The winners of the poster contest were: first place, Jasmin Mercado, second place, Daniel Benitez, third place, Shelby Mauritson.
   Distinguished winners included: Karina Santa Cruz, Vianey Flores, Bianca Luviano, Kacie Figueroa, David Collins and Crystal McNeilly. Honorable mention winners were: Veronica Garate, Karissa Morrison and Jasmine McCool.
   The other standards Metolius has met are to pass a tree ordinance, spend $2 per capita of city population on an Urban Forestry Program, and to have a board to oversee the program.
   Metolius officials will be notified in January or February if the city has been approved as a Tree City USA town.
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