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April 10, 2013
 
Eighty-two cities in Washington go the extra mile for healthy urban forests
Arbor Day celebrates Tree Cities throughout the state

OLYMPIA – Today is Arbor Day, and this year, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is recognizing 82 cities that have been chosen as a Tree City USA. DNR recognizes cities that earn the Tree City USA title for their efforts in keeping urban forests healthy and vibrant.

There are community events throughout the state during the month of April to celebrate Arbor Day. To be acknowledged as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a city must designate staff to care for trees, appoint a citizen tree board to advocate for community forestry, establish a tree ordinance, spend at least $2 per capita on tree care, and celebrate Arbor Day.

To learn how to properly plant and care for new trees, visit the International Society of Arboriculture website at www.treesaregood.com.

Washington State 2012 Tree City USA Award Winners

City / Years
Airway Heights /10
Anacortes /12
Arlington /11
Auburn /10
Bainbridge Island/8
Bellevue /22
Bellingham /17
Bonney Lake /8
Bothell /13
Bremerton / 17
Burien /12
Cashmere /26
Centralia /5
Chelan /6
Cheney /3
Clyde Hill /20
Colfax /8
Colville /12
Covington /11
Dupont /4
Edmonds /2
Ellensburg /30
Entiat /13
Enumclaw /11
Everett /20
Fairchild /19
Fairfield /9

City / Years
Fife /4
George /10
Grandview /16
Hoquiam /5
Issaquah /20
Kennewick /13
Kent /11
Kirkland /11
Lacey /22
Lake Forest Park /10
Liberty Lake /10
Longview /29
Lynnwood /14
Marysville /4
Medina /7
Town of Millwood /6
Newcastle /1
North Bend /2
Oak Harbor /10
Okanogan /16
Olympia /20
Omak /16
Oroville /5
Pasco /6
Port Townsend /12
Poulsbo /16
Pullman /16


City / Years
Redmond /14
Renton /5
Richland /15
Ritzville /3
Rockford /2
SeaTac /4
Seattle /28
Shoreline /1
Snoqualmie /3
Spokane /10
Town of Steilacoom /9
Sumner /19
Tacoma /19
Tonasket /7
Town of Hunts Point /22
Town of Waterville /14
Tukwila /11
Tumwater /18
Town of Twisp /13
University Place /13
Vancouver /24
Walla Walla /19
Wenatchee /7
Woodinville /17
Woodland /6
Town of Woodway /7
Yarrow Point /3
Yelm /17

Urban and Community Forestry
DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, guided by the Washington Community Forestry Council, works to educate citizens and decision-makers about the economic, environmental, psychological, and aesthetic benefits of trees. Program staff assist local governments, citizen groups and volunteers with planting and sustaining healthy trees and vegetation where Washington residents live and work.

Media Contact: Janet Pearce, Communications Manager, 360-902-1122, janet.pearce@dnr.wa.gov

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