Following months of reviewing applications and with Arbor Day behind us, we are now able to share an updated list of Tree City USA communities from the 2011 calendar year.
Tree City USA, now in its 36th year, is sponsored by the Foundation, the United States Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. The early support of the U.S. Forest Service was a major impetus behind their 2012 Arbor Day Award for A Legacy of Partnership.
The Tree City USA program boosts tremendous growth in participation and a near-perfect renewal rate. In order to become a Tree City USA, communities must maintain four standards:
- A tree board of department
- A tree care ordinance
- A annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita
- An Arbor Day observance and proclamation
As in previous years, communities that reach an even higher standard of urban forest management are recognized with a Tree City USA Growth America.