Applications for 2022 Tree Line USA Recognition are Now Open


LINCOLN, Nebraska (Sept. 8, 2021) – The Arbor Day Foundation opened applications for the 2022 Tree Line USA recognition, which recognizes utility companies for their commitment to safe and reliable electric service by demonstrating best practices in public and private utility arboriculture. Last year, almost 150 utilities across the United States attained Tree Line USA status.

“Trees are a critical part of landscapes all across the United States,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “We applaud the utilities who are leading the way in improving safe and reliable electric service for their communities and citizens through trees.”

Tree Line USA utilities benefit from lower line clearance costs from proper pruning, lower peak energy demand and more public exposure by meeting Tree Line USA requirements. Communities also benefit from the program by having less tree mortality from proper tree care, fewer downed lines during storms, reduced energy costs from strategic tree planting for energy conservation and a broader urban forest canopy to reduce heat islands.

To receive Tree Line USA recognition, eligible utilities must meet these five core standards:

  1. Perform quality tree care

  2. Report annual worker training

  3. Conduct yearly tree planting and public education opportunities

  4. Have a tree-based energy conservation program

  5. Hold an Arbor Day celebration

Recognized utilities will receive a plaque, emblem, decals and other promotional materials to increase public exposure of their Tree Line USA recognition.

This program is made possible through the collaboration with National Association of State Foresters who bring expertise in balancing the demands of expanding utility needs in communities alongside the benefits of providing adequate care for urban forests.

For more information about the Tree City USA program or to apply, visit Applications are available through the end of the year depending on the state.


About the Arbor Day Foundation

Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters and valued partners. Since 1972, more than 400 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger.

As one of the world's largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees. More information is available at


About the National Association of State Foresters

Established in 1920, the National Association of State Foresters is a non-profit organization composed of the directors of forestry agencies in the states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. State foresters manage and protect state and private forests, which encompass nearly two-thirds of the nation’s forests. NASF is also a leading authority on forest policy. They advocate for federal legislation and national policies that promote the health, resilience and productivity of forests across the country, as well as for the professionals that conserve, enhance and protect our forest resources