The City of Lafayette celebrated Arbor Day today with a tree planting and proclamation in Maurice Heymann Memorial Park.
Mayor-President Josh Guillory was there, along with LCG officials and staff, and representatives of the Lafayette Garden Club and the Arbor Day Foundation.
The proclamation values planting trees to "improve air quality, provide shade, reduce storm water run-off, decrease noise pollution, provide wildlife habitat, increase property values, attract tourists and businesses, beautify neighborhoods, and create a stronger sense of community."
Lafayette has achieved Tree City USA recognition for the 30th consecutive year. "Tree City Status" is achieved 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.
Through the efforts of community organizations and initiatives including the Lafayette Garden Club, Project Front Yard and Keep Lafayette Beautiful, Lafayette's commitment to the beautification and revitalization of the community is as strong as ever.