Tree City USA Standards

A Tree Care Ordinance
Ideally, a tree care ordinance will provide clear guidance for planting, maintaining and removing trees from streets, parks and other public places.

2) A Tree Care Ordinance

The tree ordinance must designate the establishment of a tree board or forestry department and give this body the responsibility for writing and implementing an annual community forestry work plan. Beyond that, the ordinance should be flexible enough to fit the needs and circumstances of the particular community.

A tree ordinance provides an opportunity to set good policy and back it with the force of law when necessary. Ideally, it will provide clear guidance for planting, maintaining and removing trees from streets, parks and other public places. For tips and a checklist of important items to consider in writing or improving a tree ordinance, see Bulletin No. 9.

You can find a sample tree care ordinance at the International Society of Arboriculture.

The Four Standards of Tree City USA

  1. A Tree Board or Department

  2. A Tree Care Ordinance

  3. A Community Forestry Program With an AnnualBudget of at Least $2 Per Capita

  4. An Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation

Other Resources

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Tree City USA is an Arbor Day Foundation program in cooperation with:
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