More than 135 million people live in a Tree City USA community. The Tree City USA program recognizes communities for their commitment to urban forestry. The program sets up the framework for a healthy sustainable community forestry program and provides direction, assistance and national recognition for their work.
More than 3,400 communities of all sizes are part of the Tree City USA program. Our smallest Tree City USA community is Sibley, North Dakota, with a population of 28; proving firsthand that you don’t need to be a big city to care about trees. Sibley has been a designated Tree City USA for three years.
Sibley was established in 1959 by Edythe ”Toots” and Eddie Hagglund on a treeless prairie at the edge of Lake Ashtabula. What was once just an idea to build a hamburger stand along the lake grew to what would be an official township. One of the first things the couple did after they bought the prairie land was plant trees, and build a dance hall. Although the town has never surpassed 50+ residents it has grown to become a social hot spot, attracting as many as 200 people during the summer.
Sibley is an excellent example that communities of all sizes can be part of the Tree City USA program. We love all that Sibley has evolved into and applaud their commitment to a greener community.
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