The Centennial Decade Trees Commission (CDTC) was formed in the late 1980s by the Centennial Commission. The committee consisted of seven members who met annually, six of whom were appointed by the governor. The mission of the CDTC was to increase tree planting in North Dakota. The committee administered the Centennial Trees Trust Fund, with the ultimate goal of planting 100 million trees by 2000. On April 28, 1990, the Centennial Trees Commission received an award from the National Arbor Day Foundation. According to the Commission's newsletter, The Trees Tradition, the award was presented because "each year the Foundation recognizes outstanding projects and educational efforts..."
Many cities participated in the project and received funding by applying for the "America the Beautiful" grant sponsored by the federal government and the Centennial Trees Commission. The purpose of the grant was to get cities and community members involved in the project.
The Commission published its newsletter once a year to inform people of the Commission's events. The CDTC also designed special projects, such as the North Dakota Centennial Decade Windbreak Program, and published information for teachers to help promote Arbor Day to young children.
Each year the Centennial Trees Commission sponsored a Centennial Trees Bowl at a North Dakota State University football game. The purpose of the bowl was to recognize individuals or groups of people with superb achievements in both tree planting and tree care. In 2001, the bowl was canceled due to the tragedy of September 11th. Therefore, the final Centennial Trees Bowl was played in 2002, at which time the award recipients for 2000 were honored.
The Centennial Decade Trees Commission Records, 1988-1995, include the following:
Introductory materials contain documents pertaining to the startup of the organization including a resolution to create the Centennial Decade Trees Commission, administrative rules, and a timeline from June 1993 until February 1994.
Membership documents include committee membership from 1990 until 1995 along with portfolios of individual members. Also, included are Suezette Bieri's membership documents, 1992-1995.
Meeting minutes, 1990-1995.
Correspondence consists of letters and memos between committee members and others, 1988-1995.
Included in the financial section, 1983-2000, are budget materials, revenue and expenditures, and the centennial trees trust fund. Also included are documents for the America the Beautiful community challenge grant program sponsored by CDTC.
Publications by the CDTC, 1990-1994, include The Trees Tradition, a newsletter with news and information about CDTC. Also included are news releases and tree event proclamations made by Centennial Trees Commission.
The Prairie Forester, Committee Review, and other miscellaneous publications, 1989-1995, are included in publications by other organizations regarding the Centennial Decade Trees Commission. The Prairie Forester and Committee Review were newsletters by the Soil Conservation. The Prairie Forester is for the citizens of the state and Committee Review is for the Soil Conservation supervisors.
Advertising documents, 1990-1992, include papers that pertain to people using the CDTC logo and also advertising and marketing documents.
Legislative documents, 1994-1995, contain bills pertaining to the Centennial Trees Commission.
The programs and projects section include documents about the North Dakota Centennial Decade Windbreak Program, the Capitol Grounds project and the Red River Basin demonstration project.
Award and recognition ceremonies include nomination forms and award recipients presented by the Centennial Trees Commission. Also included is information about the centennial trees bowl.
There are the annual tree planting goals, the North Dakota register of champion trees and also a tree events calendar are included in the documents pertaining to the trees in the state, 1990-1993.
Included in the community documents, 1991-1992, is a tree planting survey and a resolution by the city of Conway.
The teaching information folders, 1990-1993, include workshop materials, Arbor Day information, and an educational enrichment information packet.