Tree City USA Standards

A Tree Board or Department
A tree board, or commission, is a group of concerned volunteer citizens charged by ordinance with developing and administering a comprehensive tree management program.

1) A Tree Board or Department

Someone must be legally responsible for the care and management of the community’s trees. This may be a professional forester or arborist, an entire forestry department, or a volunteer tree board. Often, both a professional staff and advisory tree board are present, which is a good goal for most communities.

A tree board, or commission, is a group of concerned volunteer citizens charged by ordinance with developing and administering a comprehensive tree management program. Balanced, broad-based community involvement is encouraged. Boards function best if not composed entirely of tree-related professionals such as forestry professors, nursery operators, arborists, etc. Fresh ideas and different perspectives are added by citizens with an interest in trees that is entirely avocational. Limited, staggered terms of service will prevent stagnation or burnout, while at the same time assuring continuity.

The Four Standards of Tree City USA

  1. A Tree Board or Department

  2. A Tree Care Ordinance

  3. A Community Forestry Program With an Annual Budget of at Least $2 Per Capita

  4. An Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation

Other Resources

Tree City USA Bulletin: How to Grow a Great Tree Board

Request a Tree City USA application
Tree City USA is an Arbor Day Foundation program in cooperation with:
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