This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Tree City USA program, and it has been a year full of celebration and focus on the impact and influence of community forestry across the nation. The Arbor Day Foundation has worked with our partners the USDA Forest Service, Urban and community Forestry Program and the National Association of State Foresters to promote and position Tree City USA for the next 40 years and beyond.
This year we have created new resources and tools for cities and states to use as they strive to grow and sustain their work in urban forestry. There have been creative public outreach and communications initiatives that have helped to generate television, newspaper, radio and online news coverage nationwide reminding everyone of the importance and value of trees in our cities and towns.
Perhaps most importantly, this year was a chance to reconnect on the collaboration and commitment it takes to sustain a high impact program like Tree City USA. All of that effort has resulted in recognition of 3,462 Tree City communities this year, more than ever before. Whether it is New York City with more than 8 million residents or Sibley, North Dakota with 28 citizens – Tree City USA helps and guides communities of all sizes to support, sustain and invest in the trees that make their neighborhoods thrive.
We are proud to work with our national partners and the thousands of city leaders and community volunteers who are engaged in the Tree City USA program. Together we have made a difference for millions of Americans who call a Tree City home, and we are already looking forward to the next 40 years and more of celebrating healthy and sustainable cities.
Visit the Tree City USA page to learn how your community can become a Tree City USA.