Tree City USA Growth Awards

Growth Award

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.

If your community receives an award, you will be provided with Tree City USA Growth Award banner stickers for your community entrance signs, a plaque and appropriate local and national recognition. In subsequent qualifying years, the community receives additions to the award plaque and signs denoting the year.

Download the Growth Award Application


To be eligible for the Tree City USA Growth Award, your community needs to:

  1. Receive Tree City USA recognition for at least the second consecutive year.
  2. Spend at least as much on its community forestry program this year as it did last year.
  3. Complete eligible activities throughout the year that total 10 or more points.

Eligible activities fall into one of four categories, and each activity has an associated point value.


The Growth Award application should sent to your state forester no later than December 31. (If submitting a paper application for Tree City USA recertification, please mail both applications together.) All appropriate documentation should be attached to the completed application with a single staple in the upper left-hand corner. Include a cover sheet for the documentation for each eligible activity indicating the activity name and number.

Download the Growth Award Application

star  Communities that earn the Growth Award for ten years receive special Sterling Tree City USA Designation.

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

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