Lincoln has been named a "Tree City USA" by the National Arbor Day Foundation. This is the 23rd year that Lincoln has received this national recognition. Lincoln and other Nebraska communities will officially receive their awards at a ceremony at noon Wednesday, April 12 in the Warner Legislative Chamber at the State Capitol.
Lincoln is also the recipient of a "Tree City USA Growth Award" for demonstrating progress in its community forestry program, specifically in the areas of publications, recycling and street tree planting. The Growth Award was created to recognize environmental improvement and higher levels of tree care in Tree City USA communities.
"Tree City USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation is a symbol of how important and valued trees are to our community," Lincoln Mayor Don Wesely. "The trees we plant and care for today will cool and beautify our cities, increase property values, help clean the air and water and conserve energy for years to come."
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.