Tree City USA

2021 Tree City USA and Tree Campus Higher Education Guidance

from the Arbor Day Foundation - January 15, 2021

Tree City USA

    • Standard 4- Proclamation and Arbor Day Observance

      • We will be requiring a signed Arbor Day proclamation on all 2021 applications

      • Arbor Day observances/celebrations will not be required, but cities will be highly encouraged to publicize their community’s recognition as a Tree City or celebration of Arbor Day.

        • Examples of things communities could do to still observe while socially distancing: Facebook live tree planting, social media post encouraging citizens to celebrate Arbor Day, newspaper article, radio ad, etc.

        • We will be working on developing a communications toolkit with graphics, social media posts and more that communities can use to celebrate.

Tree Campus Higher Education

    • Standard 4- Arbor Day Celebration

      • We will be requiring that campuses celebrate/observe Arbor Day on 2021 applications.

      • Again this doesn’t have to be a large tree planting event. It can be a social media live video of department members planting a tree, a simple social media post promoting being a Tree Campus and celebrating Arbor Day, a blog post, etc.

      • We will provide a toolkit with languages for campuses to use for their 2021 events

    • Standard 5- Service Learning Project

      • This will be required and students will need to be involved in some capacity for the 2021 applications.

        • We understand that this may look different from previous years with being virtual but below are some examples that campuses used to meet this standard in 2020:

          • Student coursework on trees in classes being held virtually (college arboriculture classes)

          • Record or livestream a local tree expert giving tree planting or care tips to the student community

          • The creation of a virtual tree walk video

          • Student-led education on the importance of trees to the campus and community that is shared via a social media campaign or via a digital campus publication

          • Students give a virtual presentation on trees to a local K-12 classroom

          • Student interns on the campus facility team that work on trees

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns at all.

Lauren Weyers

Arbor Day Foundation Program Manager

Tree City USA in Wyoming

Tree City USA is a national program that recognizes communities that have made a commitment to actively plant and care for their public trees. The program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation, State Foresters, USDA Forest Service, US Conference of Mayors, and the National League of Cities. Tree City USA was initiated in 1976 as a project of our nation's bicentennial celebration

Currently, Wyoming ranks second in the nation for the percentage of incorporated municipalities that are Tree City USA's. The award is presented annually to communities that meet four criteria. The minimum criteria are:

    1. Your community must have a Tree Board or Department charged by ordinance to oversee the community's tree program.

    2. Community leaders must enact a comprehensive tree ordinance that defines tree planting, maintenance and other requirements concerning trees growing along streets and public areas.

    3. Your community must spend at least $2 per capita on tree resources: this can include planting, city maintenance, grants and donations.

    4. Your community must have an official Arbor Day celebration with a proclamation by the mayor and a tree planting ceremony.

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To learn more about the Tree City USA program and to apply online

To learn more about the Tree Campus Higher Education program
and apply online

The New Tree City USA Application Portal (2019)

Helpful Tips and Tricks

· Follow this link to the new Tree City USA certification portal. Other links will not work.

· All Tree City USA communities must reset their passwords to access their application. Click on "Find Your Community" and follow the instructions to login. If you have trouble logging in after following the instructions, please email

· The City Forestry Contact is a person in your community that answers questions about the Tree City USA program.

· If you have more than five tree board members, please select five and enter the names and emails. Additional members' information can be uploaded as an attachment. (We do not need individual email addresses and phone numbers for each tree board member, but you must enter something to advance to the next section.)

· This year, you must upload or link your tree ordinance. Previous entries have not been saved in the new portal.

· Do not use commas, periods, or $-signs in the budget section.

· Please make sure your Arbor Day Proclamation has the correct date and is signed by the mayor or designee. It must be dated and signed each calendar year.

· Before you download the Mayor Signature Form, all sections of the application must be complete.

· If you submit your application and you are not prompted with a message that it has been submitted for review, please scroll to the top of your application to see what needs to be updated.

· The WSFD State Forester/Coordinator will sign each application once it is submitted in the portal.

· To apply for the Growth Award online, the community must first submit their Tree City USA application. Once they do, if they qualify to apply for the Growth Award they will be invited to start their application. At any time after they apply to as a Tree City USA they can log back into the portal and click on the link to start their Growth Award application.

· Use this Helpful video for more information about the Tree City USA portal.

Apply for a Tree City USA Growth Award!

Check out this video for more information about Tree City USA Growth Awards. The Tree City USA Growth Awards Program has been revamped to include a ton of new activities that count toward points that can be counted toward your Growth Award application. Check out the all inclusive list of activities by category Here

Need more tools?! The Arbor Day Foundations has a Tree Celebration Toolkit

Tree City Application Checklist


Tree City USA Paper Application