Recognition for Lawrence's tree planting program keeps growing.
Lawrence is among 55 Kansas cities recognized today as a Tree City USA -- an award given by the National Arbor Day Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters to mark particular commitment to trees.
In Lawrence, the city spends up to $30,000 a year planting about 250 new trees along city streets, in city parks and alongside city buildings.
This is the 17th consecutive year that Lawrence's parks and recreation department has won the award.
"It's something that George Osborne played a key role in for 17 years, and we want to keep that tradition alive," said Tom Wilkerson, assistant director of parks and recreation.
Osborne resigned as parks and forestry superintendent last year to enter private business.
This morning Crystal Miles, landscape supervisor, and Cullen Holland, a landscaper, traveled to Topeka to accept the award at the Kansas Expocentre and meet with Gov. Bill Graves.