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Tree City Award, Arbor Day, and Memorial Tree Program
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Tree-City-USA.jpgLakeland Designated a Tree City USA Award Recipient
As of 2019, Lakeland has received the Tree City USA Award thirteen times! (verify latest info)

The Tree City Award recognizes cities that have made it a priority to plant, preserve, and protect their precious tree resources as well as engage the community in environmental stewardship.

To achieve this status, cities must meet five standards:
Have a tree advisory committee, a tree care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its program, an Arbor Day observance, and service learning projects.

The Tree City USA Growth Award is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to recognize higher levels of tree care by participating Tree City USA communities. The Growth Award highlights innovative programs and projects, increased commitment resources for urban forestry, and provides an opportunity to share new ideas and successes across the country. As of 2017, Lakeland has received the Growth Award 8 times.

The Tree City USA and Growth Award programs are sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

Lakeland's Commitment to Preserving Nature for Future Generations

Arbor Day 2018

tree.jpgThe Lakeland Troop 10006, 1st grade Daisies (Girl Scouts) helped plant the permanent Christmas tree at IH Park. Special thanks to Troop 10006 for helping Lakeland meet requirements for our 2019 Tree City USA accreditation! Lakeland Currents photos, here.


Celebrating Arbor Day with a tree planting at City Hall Park (left). Regional Urban Forester Shawn Posey presented Lakeland Elementary School fifth-grader Jonas Ilgunaitis with the Arbor Day Poster Contest award (right), March 23, 2013.

tree_memorial2.jpgMemorial Tree Program

Here's the Lakeland's Memorial Tree Program brochure. Please verify that the information provided is up-to-date by contacting City Hall.

The Memorial Tree program allows groups and individuals to donate trees to honor and commemorate individuals, families, and organizations. It is a way to provide a living tribute that will last several lifetimes.  

Planting trees in a city park is a wonderful way to honor loved ones while providing a gift to the entire community. Trees are planted in public parks so that everyone has an opportunity to enjoy the beauty living trees provide.

A memorial tree can be planted for a variety of occasions: in honor of a loved one, friend, or colleague who has passed; to celebrate the life of someone special; to commemorate individuals, families, or organizations; or even to celebrate a wedding, graduation, birth, birthday, or other occasions.

Only trees from the City of Lakeland's Tree Species Selection List are available for the program with most trees being 15-gallon size at the time of planting. Maintenance and replacement of the tree(s) will be guaranteed for a five-year period from the time of planting or any subsequent replanting.

Donors will be notified of the tree’s planting date, species, and location. Trees will be labeled with the same type of display as those used throughout the City’s arboreta. That is, anodized aluminum labels mounted directly on or staked next to the tree with the following format.

tree.png.pngNatural Resources Department & Board

For more information regarding Lakeland's Natural Resources Department, click here.

For the Parks & Recreation/Natural Resources Board meeting times, click here.

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Tree Removal

Tree removal permits are required for all trees 10” in diameter or greater, per Lakeland's Tree Management Ordinance (TMO).