In honor of the Village's commitment to effective urban forest management, the Arbor Day Foundation recently named Mundelein a "Tree City USA." Mundelein 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.
The Village also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and higher level of tree care.
"Along with community pride, Tree City USA recognition provides practical benefits such as helping to gain financial support for tree projects, contributing to safer, healthier, sustainable urban forests. When a community becomes a Tree City USA, it means more than being able to display a road sign or fly a flag. Tree City USA designation is the foundation for effective, well-organized tree care programs. We are very proud to have earned this distinction," said Steve Lentz Mayor.
“Tree City USA Communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundations. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”
The Arbor Day Foundation, founded in 1972 on the Centennial Anniversary of the first Arbor Day observance in the 19th century, has grown to become the largest non-profit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners. The Foundation's Mission: We inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.