The Tree City USA® program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. The program provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities that more than 135 million Americans call home.
There are currently 84 Tree Cities in Washington State. When a community becomes a Tree City USA (TCUSA), it means more than being able to display a road sign or fly a flag. TCUSA is a foundation for effective, well-organized tree care programs.
Along with community pride, TCUSA recognition provides practical benefits such as helping to gain financial support for tree projects, contributing to safer, healthier, sustainable urban forests, and providing municipal officials the opportunity to deliver better service to the voting public.
There are four standards to meet, before a city is recognized as a Tree City:
Standard 1 - Ordinance
Standard 2 - Tree Board or Staff
Standard 3 - Budget Reporting ($2 per capita expenditure)
Work Plans (Annual Plan of Work)
Standard 4 - Proclaim and Celebrate Arbor Day
You can also visit the Arbor Day Foundation to find out how your city can become a Tree City USA. Give us a call if you have questions or need help to promote the program in your community. (1-800-523-8733) DNR Urban and Community Forestry staff can visit your community to talk to city managers, help establish a tree board, or provide technical and educational assistance.
DNR accepts Tree City USA applications in November and December of the year. Applications can be filled out online (preferable) or can be submitted as hard copies.