Lincoln has been named a "Tree City USA" by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 37th consecutive year. Lincoln also received a Tree City Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and a higher level of tree care. The City Parks and Recreation Department manages more than 125,000 public trees along streets and in parks.
To qualify for the Tree City USA designation, a community must meet four standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters:
The City's "2 for Trees" program allows Lincoln Water System customers to voluntarily add $2 to their bill payments in support of public trees along streets, in parks, along trains and in golf courses. Local nurseries and garden centers are sponsors and supporters of the program. Since its inception in 2012, the program has raised more than $221,000 through donations and grants. More information is available at 2forTrees.org.
For more information on the City Forestry Division, visit parks.lincoln.ne.gov or call 402-441-7035. The website includes information on requesting a no-cost permit to plant street trees. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the national Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. More information is available at arborday.org/treecityusa.