April 27th is Arbor Day! The City of Lone Tree is proud to have achieved recognition as a Tree City USA for the past 15 years. Tree City USA was created by the Arbor Day Foundation to encourage better care of the nation’s community forests by recognizing cities that take steps to develop and protect their urban tree canopies. Tree City USA Cities recognize that trees help improve the visual appeal of neighborhoods, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat among many other benefits.
Tree City USA is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. Tree City USA’s national impact comes through a tree stewardship program and educational efforts. The City of Lone Tree is one of 93 communities in Colorado that have earned Tree City USA recognition.
Tree City USA Standards
TO QUALIFY AS A TREE CITY USA COMMUNITY, a town or city must meet four standards established by The Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters.
1. A Tree Board or Department
2. A Tree Care Ordinance
3. A Community Forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita
4. An Arbor Day observation and proclamation
About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information is available at www.arborday.org .