Lino Lakes has been named a Tree City USA for the 30th year by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. 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.
Lino Lakes achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: having a tree board or department (the Environmental Board), having a tree-care ordinance, funding an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per resident, and holding an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
The city also received the Growth Award, which recognizes environmental improvement and a higher level of tree care in communities as evidenced by additions or significant improvements to a tree program during the past year.
“Lino Lakes recognizes the enormous benefits of the trees in our community,” said Environmental Coordinator Andy Nelson. “They remove air pollutants, provide wildlife habitat, reduce stormwater runoff, provide shade, increase property values and improve the visual appeal of our neighborhoods.”