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For the 31st year, Olathe has received the Tree City USA designation by the Arbor Day Foundation.
The national recognition honors communities that show a commitment to effective urban forest management.
Olathe also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and a higher level of tree care. This is the 21st year Olathe has received this award, making Olathe one of seven cities in Kansas to hold the designation in 2014.
“These awards demonstrate the community’s commitment to maintaining a healthy and diverse tree population,” said City Arborist Rick Spurgeon. “Our tree population provides more than shade and beauty; trees assist in areas such as flood prevention and street asphalt longevity.”
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 about the Tree City USA program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.