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Tree City USA Programs


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The Tree City USA® program provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities. Over 125 million Americans live in a Tree City USA!  Tree City USA® is administered in Montana by the DNRC Urban & Community Forestry Program and National Arbor Day Foundation, with support from USDA Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters.

Montana Tree City USA Communities

-For the latest list, click here!


Participation Requirements

Tree CityThere are four standards to meet to become a designated Tree City USA.  They include:

  • Establish a Tree Board or department
  • Write and adopt a Tree Care Ordinance
  • Commit a minimum of $2 per capita annually to your community forestry program
  • Celebrate Arbor Day 

Benefits include:

  • Eligibity for additional grant monies from the Urban & Community Forestry program
  • Honoring your community and demonstrate your commitment to a healthier environment
  • Get assistance managing your urban forest
  • Benefit from a developed framework for action
  • Educational opportunities across many tiers of individuals and organizations


For more detailed information visit the National Arbor Day Foundation site.

Growth Awards

The Growth Award recognizes Tree City USA communities for going above and beyond.  Growth Award communities show continued improvement in tree care, high achievement, and a commitment to seeking new ideas.  Several Montana communities have been awarded this recognition.

Tree Campus USA

Tree Campus USAThe Tree Campus USA program recognizes colleges and universities that: 

  • Effectively manage their campus trees
  • Develop connectivity with the community beyond campus borders to foster healthy, urban forests
  • Strive to engage their student population utilizing service learning opportunities centered on campus, and community, forestry efforts

Current Montana Tree Campus USA schools:

  • Montana State University – Bozeman
  • Blackfeet Community College - The First Tribal College in the Nation
  • University of Montana