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Arbor Day Foundation names Lincoln a Tree City USA

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[April 25, 2013]  Lincoln has been named a 2012 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of the city’s commitment to effective urban forest management. This is the 12th year Lincoln has earned the national designation.

Lincoln 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.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

"Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Lincoln make smart investments in urban forests," said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits."

Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.

More information on the program is available at

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The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of 1 million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information on the foundation and its programs is available at, or by visiting the foundation on Facebook, Twitter or its blog.

[Text from news release from the Arbor Day Foundation]

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