CITY OF LACEY NAMED TREE CITY USA FOR TWENTIETH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
LACEY, WA, April 6, 2011: The City of Lacey has again been honored as a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation—the twentieth consecutive year the community has received the award.
“We are extremely proud of our urban forestry accomplishments,” noted Lacey Mayor Tom Nelson, “and are particularly pleased to have reached this 20-year milestone with the National Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA program.” Lacey’s City Council will proclaim the month of April as Arbor Month, and is encouraging all residents and businesses to plant and properly care for trees.
Lacey was one of the first cities in Washington to earn the Tree City designation. Since initially receiving the title in the early 1990s, the community has invested more than $3 million on tree planting and care, and distributed nearly 23,000 free tree seedlings to residents.
“Our urban forests are vital to the quality of life; providing energy savings, carbon storage, cleaner air, and storm water retention,” said the Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “The City of Lacey has shown commitment to urban forests by celebrating their 20th year as a Tree City USA.”
The city’s popular annual seedling giveaway will be held Saturday, April 16, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. (or until supplies run out) at Huntamer Park in Woodland Square. Species available this year include Flowering Dogwood, Katsura Tree, Pyramidal English Oak, Red Leaf Japanese Maple, and Rose Tree of China. The seedlings, up to three feet in height, are limited to one per person, so bring the family!
Lacey’s comprehensive urban forestry program, a major component toward qualifying as a Tree City USA, requires all new commercial and residential developments to permanently set aside at least 10 percent of a project’s site for open space and tree preservation. The city also maintains native forest and cultivated trees on nearly 1,100 acres of public parkland and open space—encompassing the largest municipal park system in Thurston County. In addition, city crews provide ongoing care for approximately 4,000 street trees within the community.
For more information about Lacey’s Arbor Day activities or its urban forestry program, please contact Steve Kirkman, Senior Analyst, at (360) 456-7788.
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- Steve Kirkman, Sr. Analyst, (360) 456-7788, firstname.lastname@example.org