Take a quick look at the site's Tree City USA state by state search. If your community is listed, it means many people have worked long and hard to make your part of the world just a little better place to live. If your city is not listed, you have a ready made avocation. Make application right away!
What are the Benefits?
Benefits from being a Tree City USA are many. Without the program, many communities would never develop standards leading to an organized approach to city tree management; they would never have found the professionals needed to educate their city managers about urban tree care; they would have less vision when confronting problems associated with poorly managed and aging trees;
Healthy urban forests reflect a community pride. This goes a long way in promoting a healthy and complete community. Pride and positive publicity from Tree City spin off in all directions. A community's commitment to a Tree City USA program also can lead to future financial assistance for local tree projects from various sources.
What are the Standards?
There are four standards a community must comply with to be Tree City USA qualified:
- Your city must have a Tree Board or Forestry Department . This only means that if your city can't afford a department for tree care and management, you can create a board of volunteers. This is the only way to go in smaller communities.
- Your city must have a local tree ordinance. Every community should have an annual work and action plan. This tree ordinance helps define the action plan. It will provide clear guidance for planting, maintaining and removing trees from streets, parks and other public places.
- Your city must spend $2 per capita. In most cases this amount, and probably much more, is being spent by city work crews. If not, you may need the Tree City USA program more than you know.
- Your city must promote Arbor Day. This may be the easiest of the four standards. Proclaim Arbor Day in your city and plant a few trees.
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