LEXINGTON, OH - In honor of it's commitment to effective urban forest management, Lexington was named a 2016 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.
The recognition was received by Lexington after the village met 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.
President of the Arbor Day Foundation, Dan Lambe, stated, "Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand. Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it's through volunteer engagement or public education."
The trees in Lexington provide multiple benefits to their community. Not only do trees help improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, they also increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat.
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.
For more information on the Tree USA program, please visit arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.