How Your Community Can Apply to Be a Tree City USA

Did you know that every state has at least one Tree City?

The smallest Tree City is Sibley, North Dakota with a population of just 28 people. On the other end of the spectrum, the largest Tree City is New York with a population of more than 8.4 million. Ohio is the state with the most Tree Cities (242).

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with NASF and the USDA Forest Service.

Tree City USA was designed to encourage better care of the nation’s community forests by awarding recognition to communities that meet four basic standards of a good tree care program. Learn more about how your community can become a Tree City at

This national program is helping state forestry agencies meet the urban and community forestry goals outlined in each Forest Action Plan.

Here are some Tree City USA facts from around the United States:

  • Houston celebrated Arbor Day and 30 years as a Tree City USA by planting 3,330 trees.
  • Georgia’s oldest Tree City USA is Columbus, which is celebrating its 38th year as a Tree City USA.
  • Cleveland received the Tree City USA designation for 23rd straight year.
  • Ninety-five Minnesota communities are recognized as a Tree City USA.

Share your story on social media using the hashtag #TreeCityUSA40 and learn more at

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