Lacey has been honored as a "Tree City USS" by the National Arbor Day Foundation, the 20th consecutive year it has received the award, according to a city news release.
According to the city:
Lacey was one of the first cities in Washington to earn the Tree City designation. Since the early 1990s, the city has invested more than $3 million on tree planting and care, and distributed nearly 23,000 free tree seedlings to residents.
Lacey’s urban forestry program, which helps it qualify as a Tree City USA, requires new developments to permanently set aside at least 10 percent of a project’s site for open space and tree preservation.
The city’s annual seedling giveaway will be held until supplies run out from noon until 3 p.m. April 16 at Huntamer Park at the corner of Woodland Square Loop and Seventh Avenue Southeast. The seedlings, up to three feet tall, are limited to one per person.