WEST LAFAYETTE — West Lafayette was named a 2018 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

West Lafayette achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lamb, 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.”

“We are so proud of being named Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. We all know that trees shade our homes and beautify the city we live in. In addition to that is the benefit trees provide in reducing soil erosion and flooding. It is a true quality of life component important to all West Lafayette citizens,” said John Dennis, Mayor of the City of West Lafayette.

Trees offer multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.

About the Arbor Day Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plan, nurture, and celebrate trees.