Sunshine is wonderful, until it becomes overbearing.
That's when a good shade tree becomes invaluable.
Through the efforts of the Iron Mountain Tree Board, there have been more tree plantings in the city in the last couple of years.
This is a welcome addition to the city.
In the spring of 2013, trees were placed at the Cornish Pump and Mining Museum grounds as part of a total of 50 trees planted.
The plantings this year were at Crystal Lake Park, on the property by the former Zephyr gas station on U.S. 2, as well as at private residences throughout the city.
And the program is just starting.
Iron Mountain residents and businesses have the opportunity to purchase trees for boulevard planting at a special pricing through the city of Iron Mountain.
This year, seven different types of trees were available.
Residents were able to pick from the selection of trees at a cost of $110 each.
"Through this program, the Tree Board works to promote beautification efforts in the city. Planting a tree may be a simple act, but is a part of furthering the sense of pride in our community," said a Tree Board official.
At the Cornish Pump and Mining Museum grounds, the Menominee Range Historical Foundation participated in the Iron Mountain Tree Board program.
These efforts will pay huge dividends in the future.
The five-member Iron Mountain Tree Board advises City Council on matters that concern the city's tree inventory. As a group, they are charged with the inventorying, managing and recommending the types of trees that would be best suited for the city.
Tree Board recommends tree selection, location and maintenance.
Tree Board members know which trees will be best for the area, and which trees that would be best suited for a property location.
Additionally, they can advise city employees and home owners on the proper maintenance of their trees. They also offer advice on the planting and removal of trees on city property.
The Tree Board regularly meets on the first Monday of the month at 9 a.m. at City Hall.
We encourage area residents and businesses to participate in the Tree Board program. For more information, contact Iron Mountain City Hall at 774-8530.
The city of Norway's investments in planting trees earned it a Tree City USA designation from the Arbor Day Foundation earlier this year.
Norway is one of just four Upper Peninsula cities to be named a Tree City. Marquette has held the honor for 33 years, Escanaba for 14 years, and Gladstone for five years.
Who knows? Iron Mountain could be next.