Tree City USA Standards
1) A Tree Board or Department
Someone must be legally responsible for the care of all trees on city- or town-owned property. By delegating tree care decisions to a professional forester, arborist, city department, citizen-led tree board or some combination, city leaders determine who will perform necessary tree work. The public will also know who is accountable for decisions that impact community trees. Often, both professional staff and an advisory tree board are established, which is a good goal for most communities.
A tree board is a group of citizen volunteers charged by ordinance (see Standard 2) with developing, guiding or administering a community tree management program. Broad-based community involvement is encouraged because boards function best when not composed entirely of tree professionals. Fresh ideas are added by citizens with an interest in trees that is entirely avocational. Limited, staggered terms of service will prevent stagnation or burnout while assuring continuity.
The Four Standards of Tree City USA
- A Tree Board or Department
- A Tree Care Ordinance
- A Community Forestry Program With an Annual Budget of at Least $2 Per Capita
- An Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation