Congratulations to several west Michigan communities, honored as a Tree City, USA community.

National Arbor Day Foundation states being a Tree City USA makes the community a better place to live and helps attract and keep or conduct business.

The following Michigan communities are among those to receive ``Tree City USA'' certification for their efforts in 2013.

Belding, Cadillac, Fremont, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Ionia, Lowell, Montague, Muskegon, Plainwell, Portage, Portland, Rockford, Saugatuck, Whitehall, and Zeeland.

The villages of Sparta and Spring Lake were also recognized.