The Arbor Day Foundation has named Lompoc a “2016 Tree City USA” in honor of the city’s commitment to effective urban forest management.
The City of Lompoc also received a “Tree City USA Growth Award” for demonstrating environmental improvement and a high level of tree care.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
“Our trees are an important part of Lompoc, and we are looking forward to planting more trees thanks to our recent rain,” said Lompoc’s Urban Forestry Supervisor Codie Blea.
Cities throughout the U.S. must meet four requirements to be considered for recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation. They are:
Have a tree board or department Have a tree-care ordinance Have an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita Have an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
Lompoc is one of more than 3,400 cities in the U.S. to be honored with the “Tree City USA” award. Lompoc has been a Tree City for 28 years, and a Growth Award recipient for 23 years.