Tree City USA Standards

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To qualify as a Tree City USA community, a town or city must meet four standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters.

These standards were established to ensure that every qualifying community* would have a viable tree management program.

They were also designed so that no community would be excluded because of size.

The Four Standards for Tree City USA Recognition

  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

Need help meeting the four standards? The urban and community forestry coordinator in your state forester’s office will be happy to work with communities in taking these first steps toward better community forestry.

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