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2 for Trees

2 For Trees is a program that allows customers of the Lincoln Water System (LWS) to add $2 to their bill for funding support of public trees in our urban forest. The City of Lincoln is home to about 125,000 public trees, including 87,000 which line our streets.

Donations made by customers of the Lincoln Water System are supplemented with in-kind donations from private nurseries in our community. This is an extraordinary example of a public-private partnership that will greatly enhance our community forest in Lincoln. The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department will manage and direct the additional funds to care and maintain trees along streets and in parks.

"Public trees add value and beauty to our neighborhoods and provide many economic, health, environmental and community benefits. Unfortunately, disease and storms have taken a toll on our community forest in the last few years. Right now, only one of five street trees lost to disease, decline or damage is replaced. The 2 for Trees program is an easy and affordable way for all citizens to take the extra step to help maintain our beautiful urban forest," Mayor Chris Beutler.

History

One of the hallmarks of Lincoln's quality of life is our beautiful community forest. A canopy of more than 125,000 public trees covers the Capital City, of which 87,000 line 1,217 miles of streets. It's no wonder that Lincoln has been nationally recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation every year since 1976!

Trees provide social, economic, health, environmental and community benefits—ranging from improving the value and beauty of your neighborhood, absorbing carbon dioxide, saving energy costs, attracting new business and tourism, and providing food for wildlife.

Regular, ongoing funding is needed to maintain a multi-generational urban forest in our community. Currently only one of five street trees lost due to damage, decline or disease is replaced. The Two for Trees program is an easy and affordable way for all citizens to "take the extra step" to maintain our beautiful urban forest.

What You Can Do

Donations made by customers of the Lincoln Water System are supplemented with in-kind donations from private nurseries in our community. This extraordinary example of a public-private partnership is greatly enhancing our community forest in Lincoln. The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department will manage and direct the additional funds to care and maintain trees along streets and in parks. You may also make direct donations to our 2 for Trees fund here.

If you are enrolled in automatic bank payment and would like a $2 donation added to each bill, please complete the enrollment form or call the Water Billing Office at 402-441-7551. For more information, please visit the 2 for Trees website