Lincoln has been named a "Tree City USA" by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 35th consecutive year. Lincoln also received a Tree City Growth Award for continuing demonstrated commitment and progress in managing more than 130,000 public trees along streets and in parks.
"Trees improve the quality of life for everyone by providing benefits to our environment, our economy and our health," said Lynn Johnson, Director of the City Parks and Recreation Department, which manages the City's public trees. "Studies indicated that public trees provide up to $4 of benefits for every $1 invested in tree care and management. We are proud to again have our City's strong commitment to trees recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation."
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:
This spring, the City began the new 2 For Trees voluntary donation program, which allows customers of the Lincoln Water System (LWS) to add $2 to their bill payments to support of public trees along streets, in parks, along trails and in golf courses. About $3,800 was donated by LWS customers in the first month of the program.
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.