Lawrence Township was named a 2020 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in
honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.
Lawrence 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, according to information provided by the township.
It is Lawrence Township’s 25th year participating in the program.
“We are extremely proud to be a successful participant in this important program. Preserving the character and nature of our community by having an effective tree management program is a responsibility that we take seriously, and will continue for years to come,” Mayor James Kownacki said in the statement.
“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community firsthand,” Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation, said in the statement. “The trees being planted and cared for by Lawrence are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program brings residents together and creates a sense of civic pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public
More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA