According to Arbor Day Foundation
The nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Wichita as a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry. It is the 24th year Wichita has earned this national designation. Wichita has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community. Tree City USA communities must have a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
“Wichita continues its aggressive reforestation program, initiated by former City Manager Chris Cherches back in the late 80’s,” said Tim Martz, Superintendent of Park and Recreation. “Tree planting, which includes three-year establishment care, has kept pace with tree removals over the past two decades. Residents value the tree planting and tree pruning which have direct and noticeable positive impacts on neighborhoods.”
“We commend Wichita’s elected officials, volunteers and citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees provide numerous environmental, economical and health benefits to millions of people each day, and we applaud communities that make planting and caring for trees a top priority.”
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit, environmental and education organization of nearly one million members. Their mission is to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information can be found at www.arborday.org.