Attention cities: Apply now to become a Tree City USA (deadline is December 13)

City of Lacey trees

City of Lacey trees. Photo: Janet Pearce/DNR

Is your city a Tree City USA®? If not, apply now! Tree Cities are known to have a better quality of life, because the benefits of healthy trees just keep giving.

Communities achieve Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrating Arbor Day.

More than 3,400 Tree City USA communities are home to approximately 135 million Americans.

Washington State has 83 cities who have received the Tree City USA designation. See if your city is one of them.

When a community becomes a Tree City USA, it means more than being able to display a road sign or fly a flag. Tree City USA is a foundation for effective, well-organized tree care programs. Not only will your community have pride, but it will also receive practical benefits. For example, when you become a Tree City USA, you will gain financial support for tree projects, contribute to safer and healthier urban forests, and provide municipal officials the opportunity to deliver better service to the voting public.

Find out how your city can become a Tree City. If you are applying for the first time, DNR will accept Tree City USA applications until December 31, 2013; otherwise the deadline is December 13, 2013 for re-applying cities.

If you have questions or need help to promote the program in your community, contact DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program.

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