City of Lacey Marks 26 Years as a Tree City USA

Submitted by The City of Lacey 

The City of Lacey one of the first cities in Washington to receive the National Arbor Day Foundation’s “Tree City USA” award will soon mark its twenty-sixth consecutive year of earning the national recognition. The city will proclaim April as Arbor Month, and is encouraging residents and businesses to plant and properly care for trees. 

Since first receiving the Tree City designation in the early 1990s, Lacey has invested more than $6.5 million in its tree planting and care programs, and distributed 31,000 free tree seedlings to residents. 

Lacey features nearly 6,000 formal street trees along its roadways and boulevards. In addition, the city maintains more than 1,200 acres of public parkland and open space comprising one of the largest municipal park systems on South Puget Sound much of it permanently preserving large swaths of natural forested areas.  

The city will host this year’s seedling giveaway on Saturday, April 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (or until supplies run out) at Huntamer Park in the Woodland Business District. Species available this year include Deodar Cedar, Douglas Hawthorn, Ginkgo Biloba, Japanese Maple, Ohio Buckeye, and Prairiefire Flowering Crabapple. The seedlings, up to three feet in height, are limited to one per person, so bring the family!

For more information, please contact Stephen Kirkman, Lacey Public Affairs, at (360) 456-7788 or skirkman@ci.lacey.wa.us.

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