Lincoln has been named a "Tree City USA" by the National Arbor Day Foundation. This is the 24th year that Lincoln has received this national recognition. Lincoln and other Nebraska communities will officially receive their awards at a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 4 in the Warner Legislative Chamber at the State Capitol.
This is also the tenth consecutive year Lincoln is receiving the "Tree City USA Growth Award" for demonstrating progress in its community forestry program, specifically in the areas of tree care, publications, an improved tree ordinance, improved planting standards and recycling. The Growth Award was created to recognize environmental improvement and higher levels of tree care in Tree City USA communities.
"Trees are very important to the citizens of Lincoln, and these awards are recognition that our community forestry program is committed to high standards," Mayor Wesely said. "We understand that planting trees, taking care of them and educating the public will pay big environmental dividends in the future."
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. To become a "Tree City USA," a community must meet four standards -- an existing tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance.