Tree City USA Program

Tree city Flag PhotoThe Tree City USA® program was created in 1976 during the bicentennial year of the Declaration of Independence. Sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, the program has provided thousands of American communities’ guidance and national recognition to build effective community tree programs.

Did You Know?

  • In 2011 there were 78 Alabama communities that were Tree City USA.

  • In 2011 Alabama Cities spent an average of $11.37 per capita on their urban forestry program.

  • The city of Mobile was the first community in Alabama to become a Tree City USA in 1979.

 How Can My Community Become a Tree City USA?

Any city, town, or community can become a Tree City USA regardless of its size. They must meet four minimum standards.

  • A Tree Board or Department

  • A Tree Care Ordinance

  • A Community Forestry Program (with a an annual budget of at least $2 per capita)

  • An Arbor Day Observance, Proclamation, and Tree Planting Ceremony

If you would like more information on the Tree City USA program contact Dale Dickens or Will Liner
or visit the Tree City USA's website at

Click here to see a step-by-step instructional video on how to fill out a Tree City USA application.