The National Arbor Day Foundation has named Lakeland as a 2007 Tree City USA and a Growth Award recipient.
This is the 4th consecutive Lakeland Tree City USA designation and the third as a Growth Award recipient.
Tree City USA is a recognition for cities that have proven their commitment to an effective, ongoing forestry program. Lakeland has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community-a Tree Board or department; a tree care Ordinance; a community forestry program; and an Arbor Day observance. (The 2008 Arbor Day Observance is at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 8 at City Hall Park.)
The Tree City USA Growth Award is presented for demonstrating progress in community forestry programs in the following areas:
-Education and Public Relations
-Local Awards Program
-Planning and Management
-Tree Inventory and Analysis
Congratulations to Natural Resource Director Eric Bridges and Natural Resources Technician Nick Bridgeman and the Park and Recreation Board/Natural Resources Board on their outstanding work in these awards.
The Lakeland web page (www.Lakelandtn.gov) has a substantial array of information on trees and tree care.