This national recognition honors communities that show a commitment to urban forestry through four standards set by the Arbor Day Foundation.
Communities must have a presence of a tree department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
Olathe also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating progress in community forestry. This prestigious award recognizes communities for a commitment to environmental improvement and higher levels of tree care in the Tree City USA communities.
“We are proud to have received the Tree City distinction for the 29th year,” said Rick Spurgeon, Olathe’s City Arborist. “The commitment of our community and our City Council to the beauty of the city and preservation of nature is not a small undertaking and awards like this and the Growth Award are great reminders of the value of our work,” said Spurgeon.
More information about Tree City USA can be found at www.arborday.org/treecityusa.