Tree City USA Standards

A Community Forestry Program
Working toward Tree City USA recognition can be used to re-examine the community's budget priorities and re-direct funds to properly care for its tree resource before it is too late.

3) A Community Forestry Program With an AnnualBudget of at Least $2 Per Capita

Evidence is required that the community has established a community forestry program that is supported by an annual budget of at least $2 per capita. At first, this may seem like an impossible barrier to some communities. However, a little investigation usually reveals that more than this amount is already being spent by the municipality on its trees. If not, this may signal serious neglect that will cost far more in the long run. In such a case, working toward Tree City USA recognition can be used to re-examine the community's budget priorities and re-direct funds to properly care for its tree resource before it is too late.

Ideally, this standard will be met by focusing funding on an annual work plan developed after an inventory is completed and a report is approved by the city council. Such a plan will address species diversity, planting needs, hazardous trees, insect and disease problems and a pattern of regular care such as pruning and watering.

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 AnnualBudget of at Least $2 Per Capita

  4. An Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation

Other Resources

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