Arbor Day Foundation recognizes town for 17th year

Community By Alexandra Herrera, Reporter Wednesday, January 31, 2024

     The Arbor Day Foundation has once again designated Miami Lakes a Tree City USA. 

     For 17 years in a row, the organization has recognized the town. 

     “The Town of Miami Lakes is well known for its vibrant tree canopies, arbor maintenance and greenery as a whole,” the town said in a media statement. 

     The Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA award is a nationwide initiative to help expand plantings and management of public trees. 

     Tree City USA’s recognitions are awarded in all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico for towns and cities that meet four standards. 

     To receive the award, the town or city must have a tree board or department; a community tree ordinance; spend at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrate Arbor Day, which happens April 26. 

     Miami Lakes spent $283,120 on its tree program in fiscal year 2022-23, the town said. 

     “The town comprehensive tree management plan has established an organized, proactive tree maintenance program to ensure Miami Lakes and its trees continue to grow beautifully,” the town’s release said. 

     To learn more about Tree City USA visit