Louisville receives Tree City USA designation during Arbor Day tree planting

April 16, 2021

Mayor Greg Fischer today announced the National Arbor Day Foundation has once again designated Louisville as a Tree City USA for the 20th consecutive year. He was joined by Metro Councilman Bill Hollander (D-7), Division of Community Forestry Manager Barry Edgar, Metro Parks Arborist Steve Ashley, Kentucky Division of Forestry representatives and community volunteers to celebrate this achievement and to plant 100 trees in Champions Park in honor of Arbor Day and as part of the Mayor’s Give A Day.

“Becoming a healthier city is one of our core city values, and that applies to both our individual physical health and the health of our environment. We know those two things are deeply interconnected and trees are critical to our health by improving our air quality and reducing our urban heat island effect,” said the Mayor. “I’d like to thank the National Arbor Day Foundation and the Kentucky Division of Forestry for recognizing our efforts to plant more trees and improve the tree canopy and health throughout the city. These efforts will continue to grow through the hard work of our Louisville Parks and Recreation team and our forestry program.”

Members of Louisville Parks and Recreation were joined by volunteers from Louisville Grows and Trees Louisville, two important partners in the city’s efforts to boost tree plantings throughout Louisville. The city will have planted more than 1,500 new trees in parks, easements and public lands across Louisville by the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2021).

“Now is not the time to slow down. This is a critical need in our city,” said Dr. Mesude Duyar Ozyurekoglu, Assistant Director for Louisville Parks and Recreation and Manager of the city’s forestry program. “I’d like to thank Trees Louisville and Louisville Grows and all of our volunteers for helping in this effort. It’s only going to get bigger and better.”

Louisville Parks and Recreation and volunteers will be planting 100 new trees in the Shelby Park neighborhood on Saturday, April 24. Those who are interested in participating in the project should call (502) 574-7275 (PARK) or visit mygiveaday.com.

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