City of Champaign Named a Tree City USA for 34th Consecutive Year
The City of Champaign is proud to announce it has been named a 2018 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of our commitment to effective management of our urban forest. The City received Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a forestry division, a tree care ordinance, an annual forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
“This is the 34th year the City has been honored as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, and it’s an honor to be recognized for our hard work and dedication to maintaining our community’s urban forest,” said Andrew Lamoreux, Public Works Forestry Supervisor “Trees are so important for the quality of life of Champaign’s residents. They improve the visual appeal of our neighborhoods, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants, and provide habitat for birds and wildlife.”
“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”
For more information about the City of Champaign’s Forestry Section, including an interactive map featuring all City-owned trees located in the right-of-way, visit champaignil.gov/trees.