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One Person, One Tree

Orlando has once again been named a Tree City in the U.S.

This is the 44th year we have met the four criteria set by the National Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. Orlando is actually the second oldest and longest standing "Tree City" in America, only after Lincoln, NE, where Arbor Day is headquartered.  

Orlando also continues its commitment to trees by earning the City USA Growth Award for the 29th time. We know that having a healthy tree canopy removes pollutants from the air, soil and water, cools the surrounding area, reduces stormwater runoff, reduce greenhouse gas Emissions and increases property values. 

The City of Orlando, in partnership with Arbor Day, Orlando Utilities Commission and the Florida Forest Service, provides trees to city residents for their private yards to preserve our tree canopy.

If every resident planted a tree in the City of Orlando, the tree canopy would increase from 25 percent to 40 percent, reducing CO2 emissions the equivalent of taking nearly 40,000 cars off the road. 

By providing residents with free trees to plant on their property, this is another way, the city is transforming the urban environment to conserve, preserve and reuse valuable resources, ensuring a more livable Orlando for future generations to come.