Lee’s Summit recently was chosen as a 2017 Tree City USA recipient by the Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation’s commitment to effective urban forest management.
“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” Arbor Day Foundation President Dan Lambé said said in a release. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride.”
Lee’s Summit met the four criteria required for Tree City USA designation: 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.
“We are pleased to be named a Tree City USA for the 14th year,” Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation Administrator Joe Snook, said in a release from the city. “This is a collaborative effort between LSPR, the Beautification Commission and the City of Lee’s Summit. Trees help contribute to our quality of life by positively impacting air quality, water resources, personal health and well-being, and energy use. We thank the Arbor Day Foundation for this recognition and we look forward to continuing our efforts to improve Lee’s Summit’s urban forest.”
Properly planted and maintained trees help improve a neighborhood’s visual appeal and increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, improve air quality, and provide wildlife habitat among other benefits.
Lee’s Summit cadet receives ROTC Medal
Cadet Cathy Klingsick received the Daughters of the American Revolution ROTC Medal from Prairie Chapter the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Regent Betty Taylor during a ceremony April 5 at Lee’s Summit High School.
ROTC Medals are awarded to the student cadet who has demonstrated academic excellence, dependability, good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership, and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.