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Tree City USA
Photos: Eric Turner

Pictured: Josh Norris, Chillicothe Parks & Recreation Director, shows the Pack 120 Den 2 Webelos Cub Scouts the proper way to care for, mulch & water trees as part of their conservation tree project and Tree City USA parks program.

The Tree City USA program is a national program that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America. 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.

Participating communities have demonstrated a commitment to caring for and managing their public trees. Together the more than 3,400 Tree City USA communities serve as home to more than 135 million Americans.

Annual participation as a Tree City USA community provides the opportunity to educate people who care about their community about the value of tree resources, the importance of sustainable tree management and engage individuals and organizations in advancing tree planting and care across the urban forest. Tree City USA status can create a strong working relationship with your state forestry agency and other conservation groups.

Participation in the Tree City USA program helps residents feel good about the place they live and work. Annual recognition shows visitors and prospective residents that trees, conservation and the environment are an important part of life in the community. Pride in public trees also leads to more engaged residents and better care for new and existing trees on private property.

Photos: Eric Turner

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