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Arbor Day Foundation Programs

Tree City USA®

Since 1976, Tree City USA® has provided a framework for over 3,500 committed communities nationwide to manage and expand their public trees. Tree City USA® is a national recognition program that provides a basis for a good community forestry program. Cities must meet four program standards as follows:

  1. A tree board or department
  2. A tree care ordinance
  3. A community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita
  4. An Arbor Day observance and proclamation

Applications must be submitted annually to maintain Tree City USA® status. Some of Mississippi’s most successful municipal programs used Tree City USA® as a basis to start their urban and community forestry program and continue to maintain their status.

Is your town a Tree City USA® community?

The Tree City USA Growth Award is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to recognize higher levels of tree care by participating Tree City USA communities. The Growth Award highlights innovative programs and projects as well as increased commitment of resources for urban forestry. It also provides an opportunity to share new ideas and successes across the country.

Tree Line USA®

Tree Line USA® recognizes best practices in public and private utility arboriculture, demonstrating how trees and utilities can co-exist for the benefit of communities and citizens.

Tree Campus USA®

Tree Campus USA® recognizes colleges and universities that effectively manage campus trees and engage the community and students in urban forestry efforts.

Tree Campus K-12

Tree Campus K-12 inspires collaboration between schools, students, and communities to facilitate learning experiences that bring the benefits of trees to life both inside and outside the classroom.

Tree Campus Healthcare®

Tree Campus Healthcare recognizes health institutions that make a mission-aligned impact on community wellness through tree education, investment, and community engagement.

Contact Mississippi Forestry Commission

For more information about these and other Arbor Day Foundation Programs in Mississippi, please contact: