Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis has received Tree City USA designation for 35 years and has been awarded the Growth Award 19 times.

downtown MinnKnown as the City of Lakes, it’s no wonder Minneapolis would take its urban forestry just as seriously, seeing that lakes and forests go hand in hand. With a population of nearly 400,000 residents, Minneapolis is a sanctuary for nature enthusiasts. The city’s 900,000 plus trees provide shade and urban canopy coverage of 31 percent.

Minneapolis’ fresh air—its trees sequester 8,900 tons of carbon annually— is enough incentive to bike along any of the city’s scenic trails and explore the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum or Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The city’s urban forest saves more than $200,000 every year in energy costs. In fact, their urban forest is so integral to Minneapolis that it has a structural value of $756 million.

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MLB World Series Community Forestry Matchup: Kansas City V. San Francisco

This year’s MLB World Series is causing frenzy among baseball fans with two wildcard teams contending for the second time in MLB World Series history.  The Kansas City Royals are making their third World Series appearance in franchise history, while the San Francisco Giants will be competing in their 20th World Series. Let’s take a look at how well these teams compete in our community forestry matchup.

Kansas City

KCKansas City has been designated a Tree City USA community for 26 years, and was awarded the prestigious Tree City USA Growth Award  for the first time last year for its increased commitment to community forestry.

With a population of nearly 500,000, Kansas City offers locals a lively city with Midwestern charm. In addition to its rich history in jazz and a reputation for mouth-watering barbeque, Kansas City has 250 million trees with 18% tree canopy coverage, allowing plenty of opportunity to take shade outdoors.

Kansas City’s urban forest removes nearly 26,000 tons of air pollution annually and reduces residential energy costs by $14 million, giving homeowners more reason to plant trees. In fact, the city’s urban forest is valued at $93.4 billion.

San Francisco

San Francisco has been designated a Tree City USA community for 6 years.

SFHome to nearly one million people, this trendy city is more than just steep hills and famous landmarks. San Francisco has 600,000 trees covering 14% of the city, giving all the more reason for tourists to enjoy the city’s environs.

San Francisco’s urban forest removes as much as 260 tons of air pollution annually and reduces energy costs by $250,000. In addition, the city’s urban forest intercepts 516 million gallons of stormwater annually, easing the cost of and concern for flood recovery.  The city’s urban forest is valued at $1.7 billion.

Any city that prides itself on its community forestry efforts is worth celebrating. We admire Kansas City’s and San Francisco’s commitment to community forestry. Which city do you think earns the title in our MLB World Series Community Forestry Match Up?


Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee WIMilwaukee has received Tree City USA designation for 35 years and has been awarded the Growth Award six times.

Home to nearly 600,000 residents, Milwaukee offers scenic landscapes and natural beauty for those looking for a quick escape. Milwaukee’s urban and community forest covers nearly 22% of the city and features more than three million trees.

Nearly 500 tons of pollution is eliminated from the air every year as a result of the city’s urban forest. That equates to $2.6 million in savings annually. The urban forest’s shade saves the city more than $800,000 annually in energy costs.

Whether you’re sailing along Lake Michigan or wandering through Milwaukee’s parks, the city’s vibrant treescape and fresh air are both positive attributes to which all cities should aspire.

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Seattle Celebrates Arbor Day in October

While the National Arbor Day observance is celebrated on the last Friday in April, many states and municipalities have implemented state or locally recognized Arbor Days that reflect the best time for planting in their region.  One such city is Seattle, which celebrates Arbor Day in October.

Seattle ArborDaySeattle has received Tree City USA designation for 28 years, and has been awarded the Tree City USA Growth Award 17 times.

Seattle residents are invited to join urban foresters in a tree planting on Saturday, October 18. Volunteers will plant 13 street trees in selected planting strips. The tree planting will bring urban foresters from five departments of the City of Seattle together: Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle City Light—also a recognized Tree Line USA, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Public Utilities, and the Office of sustainability and Environment.

Seattle has a strong urban forestry program; you can read up on the city’s achievements in our #TreeCityUSATuesday blog feature.

Give-A-Tree® Cards – A Unique and Memorable Holiday Gift

Every Card Plants a Tree

Celebrate this year’s holiday season with friends and loved ones while supporting conservation and tree planting with the help of the Arbor Day Foundation.

Returning for the fifth season in a row, Give-A-Tree® cards from the Arbor Day Foundation offer a unique holiday giving opportunity with conservation benefits that will endure for generations. For the first time this year, Give-A-Tree cards can be purchased individually and with customized text.

Bright and beautiful Give-A-Tree Cards from the Arbor Day Foundation help bring America’s National Forests back to life by planting a tree in honor of the recipient. The Arbor Day Foundation will send the gift-giver the cards to sign and give to their family, friends, customers, and associates. Each card does more than send a wish. Give-A-Tree Cards are a gift that lasts a lifetime.

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Portland, OR

Portland has been designated a Tree City USA community for 37 years and Growth Award recipient 17 times.

Portland ORPortland delivers when it comes to urban forestry. Home to more trees than people—1.4 million trees and a population of 584,000—Portland is a city of distinct character.  With more than 70 miles of trails and 200 parks within city limits, nature enthusiasts have no problem finding refuge in any of the city’s green spaces.

Portland’s tree canopy coverage is at 30% and reduces energy costs by $750,000 annually. In addition, the urban and community forest has served as a stormwater management system intercepting half a billion tons of water and saving the city $11 million in stormwater processing.

The community forest removes as much as two million pounds of pollutants from the air and adds more than $13 million in property resale value.

The overall benefit of Portland’s urban and community trees is such that their structural value is estimated at $5 billion. That’s a significant sum and an excellent return on investment!

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New York, NY

NYCNew York City has received Tree City USA designation for 18 years and has received the Growth Award five times.

This city of dreams has a vision of its own: it wants to be America’s first sustainable city. For outsiders, the idea of a greener New York may seem ambitious for such a congested social and business hub. How will the city achieve such a goal?

Through the implementation of an exceptional yet practical effort introduced by former Mayor Bloomberg called PlaNYC.

The plan— unveiled in 2007— brought together 25 city agencies to work toward strengthening the economy, combating climate change, and enhancing the quality of life for all New Yorkers.

This city of eight million residents is currently home to five million trees. Don’t be deceived by the concrete jungle, as nearly 40 percent—11,000 acres— of New York City is parkland. The city’s trees remove 2,202 tons of pollution per year. In addition, building energy savings equate to $11.2 million per year. Under MillionTreesNYC, the city aims to plant one million trees by 2017.

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Washington, DC

DCWashington D.C. has been a recognized Tree City USA community for 23 years and a five-time Tree City USA Growth Award recipient.

With a population of 600,000, the District of Columbia demonstrates its dedication to strengthening its urban forestry program as much as it does to policy making. Boasting a tree canopy coverage at 35 percent, locals are able to find shade under any of the city’s 1.9 million trees with ease.

If you’re looking to visit the nation’s capital city you might want to plan your trip in the spring to coincide with the National Cherry Blossom Festival—one of the nation’s greatest springtime celebrations.

When you’re not enjoying the fresh scent of Japanese Cherry Blossoms you might take notice of the clean air; D.C.’s treescape removes 540 tons of pollution every year. In addition to attracting thousands of tourists, the urban canopy saves $2.6 million in energy usage annually and has a structural value of $3.6 billion.

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Austin, TX

austin txAustin has received Tree City USA designation for 22 years and has been awarded the Growth Award twice.

Austin is celebrated for its foodies, historians, and tech geeks. With nearly 15,000 trees spread across the city, Austinites have plenty of options to enjoy shade under the city’s 30 percent tree canopy.

The cuisine scene isn’t the only diverse attraction in the city, as Austin’s urban and community forest is comprised of nearly 200 different tree species including popular choices such as crape myrtles, southern live oaks, and cedar elms. Diverse treescapes make picnicking more enjoyable in any of the local parks that account for 18 percent of the city. With regular sunshine and natural attractions, Austin makes it easy to fall in love with the great outdoors.

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Charlotte, NC

Charlotte has been designated a Tree City USA community for 34 years.

Charlotte NCA major US financial center, Charlotte is proving that its riches extend beyond currency.  Charlotte— with a population nearing 800,000— is home to 85,000 publicly managed trees and an astonishing 46 percent tree canopy coverage. Charlotte’s extensive urban and community forest provides the city with nearly $1 million in annual energy savings.

And the benefits don’t stop there, as Charlotte’s trees help save as much as $2 million every year in stormwater management. In addition, the city’s community forest has increased property value by $2.7 million.

Charlotte is establishing itself as a leader in both the financial services industry and in urban and community forestry. If you’re a fan of green public space, you might very well enjoy all that Charlotte has to offer.

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