Lincoln has been named a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation. This is the 26th year that Lincoln has received this national recognition. Lincoln is also the recipient of a “Tree City USA Growth Award” for demonstrating progress in its community forestry program. . The Growth Award was created to recognize environmental improvement and higher levels of tree care in Tree City USA communities.
“Our community values its trees, and all citizens can take pride in receiving this recognition for another year,” said Mayor Don Wesely. “The trees in our City play an important role in cleaning the air, conserving our soil and water, cooling our residents and making this a more beautiful community.”
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.
“Tree City USA designation recognizes the work of elected officials, staff and citizens who plant and care for the community forest,” said John Rosenow, President of the National Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees are a vital component of the infrastructure in our towns and cities and provide many environmental and economical benefits.”