Menlo Park desires a thick urban forest to protect and preserve the scenic beauty and natural environment of the city. Menlo Park’s urban forest provides multiple environmental, economic and aesthetic benefits for residents, businesses and visitors. Trees provide shade and reduce energy consumption. They improve air and water quality, provide habitat value, attract tourists, businesses and customers, and impart a distinct character to our city. Menlo Park is a Tree City USA and was honored with the Arbor Day Foundation’s Growth Award. Our urban forestry program maintains, sustains and enhances Menlo Park's tree canopy.