Zionsville has once again been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.
“We are happy to be selected as an Arbor Day Association Tree City for the 14th year in a row,” Zionsville Mayor Tim Haak stated. “This designation reinforces our town’s commitment to the environment and to its urban forest.”
Started in 1976, the Tree City USA program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
Zionsville achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”
Learn more at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.