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Arbor Day Foundation Recognizes Bristol as a Tree City USA®


Arbor Day Foundation
Lauren Weyers
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ArborDay Foundation Recognizes Bristol as a Tree City USA®
Bristol earns the Tree City USA recognition for its commitment to urban forestry

LINCOLN, Nebraska (3/18/2022)- Bristol was named a 2021 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to effective urban forest management.

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

“Tree City USA communities benefit from the positive effects that an urban tree canopy has year after year,” said Dan Lambe, chief executive of the Arbor  Day Foundation. “The trees being planted and cared for by Bristol ensure that generations to come will enjoy a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program  helps  cultivate a sense of stewardship and pride for the trees the community plants  and cares for.”

Planting trees in an urban space comes with a myriad of benefits past the recognition of this program. Urban tree plantings help reduce energy consumption by up to 25%, which will reduce general energy costs and help with the overall cooling of the city as well. In addition, members of the community benefit from properly placed trees as they increase property values from 7-to 20%. Trees also positively affect the local ecosystem by helping to clean water and create animal habitats to encourage biodiversity.

More information on the program is available at

About the Arbor  Day  Foundation

Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members,  supporters, and valued partners, Since 1972, almost 500 million  Arbor  Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities, and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to lead toward a world where trees are used to solve issues critical to survival.

As one of the world’s largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners, and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing, and celebrating trees. More information is available at