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Tree City USA

The Tree City USA program recognizes communities that effectively manage their public tree resources and encourages the implementation of community tree management based upon four standards.

• An official tree board or department charged by ordinance to develop and administer a comprehensive community tree program for the care of trees on public property.
• A community tree ordinance designating a tree board or department and citing minimum standards for tree protection and maintenance.
• A comprehensive tree management program supported by $2 per capita per year and an annual work plan for tree management.
• An official Arbor Day ceremony and proclamation.

Tree Cities Receive
• A walnut plaque
• A Tree City USA flag
• Highway signs for community entrances
• Recognition on the Arbor Day Foundation website

Awards are presented at the official New Jersey State Arbor Day Ceremony.

Become a Tree City
To learn more about the program and apply to become a Tree City, email carrie.sargeant@dep.nj.gov. Tree City USA is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation.


Tree City USA Benefits Flyer

Tree City USA

Tree City USA

NJ Shade Tree and Community Forestry Assistance Act
No Net Loss Reforestation Act
Tree City USA
Grant Opportunities
Tree Management Tools

Champion Trees
Tree Care
Pests and Diseases
Tree Professionals for Hire
Treasure Our Trees Plate
Arbor Day
Benefits of Trees


Tree City USA

Initial Application *
Recertification Application *
Growth Award Application *

Sample Ordinance *
Sample Ordinance Checklist *
Standard 3 Worksheet *
Sample Budget Worksheet *
Sample Arbor Day Proclamation *

*To view this form, please download the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat