Lancaster named Tree City USA Community by the Arbor Day Foundation
It is the 13th year Lancaster has earned this national honor from the Arbor Day Foundation, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees.
“We all benefit when communities like Lancaster place a high priority on planting and caring for trees, one of our nation’s most beautiful resources,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees shade our homes and add beauty to our neighborhoods, and they also provide many environmental, economic and social benefits. We applaud Lancaster’s elected officials, volunteers and citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest.”
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.
Lancaster has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community. These standards are: a community must have a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a community forestry program with annual expenditures of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
Communities that earn Tree City USA recognition not only have taken the time to meet the four standards, they know that trees:
• Promote healthier communities by filtering the air we breathe by removing suts and other particles.
• Moderate climate, conserve water, and provide vital habitat for wildlife.
• Reduce the heat island effect in urban areas caused by pavement and buildings.
• Reduce energy use and increase property values.
For more information about Tree City USA visit www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit, environmental, and educational organization consisting of more than one million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.