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Tree City, Tree Campus, and Tree Line USA

The Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) has several national recognition programs which are administered at the state level. In Rhode Island, the Urban and Community Forestry Program oversees the application and award process, by providing information and assistance to applicants, reviewing and approving applications, submitting successful applications to ADF for final review, and distributing award materials from ADF, including presenting the awards at Arbor Day events throughout the state (by invitation).


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Tree City USA Tree Campus Tree Line USA Application/Recertification

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Tree City USA

tree city logoThe 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 4 core standards of sound urban forestry management each year: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.

Once a community has been a Tree City for 1 year, a community is eligible to apply for a Tree City USA Growth Award in its 2nd consecutive year. The Tree City USA Growth Award is an opportunity to participate in activities that recognize environmental improvement and encourage higher levels of tree care and strengthen your community tree care programs.

growth award logoThere are four categories of activities which are awarded points: Education and Public Relations, Partnerships, Planning and Management, and Tree Planting and Maintenance. Activities in these categories must be accomplished during the calendar year and a total of 10 points must be achieved to be eligible.

Deadline for certification, recertification and growth award applications yearly: December 15

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Tree Campus USA

tree campus logoThe Tree Campus USA program is a national program that supports effective tree management at two- and four-year accredited colleges and universities. The campuses achieve Tree Campus USA status by meeting 5 core standards developed to promote healthy trees and student involvement: maintaining both a Campus Tree Advisory Committee and a Service Learning Project for students, having both a campus tree care plan and a campus tree program with dedicated annual expenditure, and celebrating Arbor Day.

Deadline for certification and recertification applications yearly: December 15

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Tree Line USA

arbor day foundation logoThe Tree Line USA program is a national program that promotes sound utility pruning practices by recognizing best practices in public and private utility arboriculture, demonstrating how trees and utilities can co-exist for the benefit of communities and citizens. Utilities achieve Tree Line USA status by meeting 5 core standards that balance the demands of expanding utility needs alongside the benefits of providing adequate care for our urban forests: quality tree care, annual worker training, tree planting and public education, a tree-based energy conservation program and an Arbor Day Celebration.

Deadline for certification and recertification application yearly: December 15

Questions? Contact DEM Division of Forest Environment's Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator Robert Allard, 401-222-2445 ext. 2772056.


Do you live in a Tree City USA?
Find Tree Cities, Campuses and Lines in Rhode Island


Want to become or recertify as a Tree City, Campus or Line USA?
All you need to apply is here: Application/Recertification


Want someone from DEM Division of Forest Environment to present your award at your Arbor Day event? Send us a request

Division of Agriculture and Forest Environment
Ken Ayars, Chief
RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade Street
Providence, RI 02908-5767
Phone: (401) 222-2781 ext. 2774500