Tree City and Tree Campus USA applications due

Tree City and Tree Campus USA application deadlines are right around the corner, December 31! You can access information and application materials for these Arbor Day Foundation recognition programs from the DNR Urban Forestry website or Arbor Day Foundation’s website. Tree City and Tree Campus applicants are encouraged to use the online application form, though hard-copy applications are available. These national award programs recognize efforts to raise awareness of the importance of trees and integrate trees and proper tree care in Wisconsin communities, around utility lines and facilities, and on college campuses.

To be recognized as a Tree City USA, a community must have:

  • A designated tree board or forestry department
  • Annual forestry program expenditures of at least $2 per capita
  • A tree ordinance
  • An Arbor Day observance and proclamation

To be recognized as a Tree Campus USA, the campus must have:

  • A campus tree advisory committee
  • A tree care plan
  • A tree program with dedicated annual expenditures
  • An Arbor Day observance
  • A tree-related service learning project

Tree City and Tree Campus applications are due December 31 and require no fee. Hard-copy applications should be sent to the urban forestry coordinator serving your area.


For more information contact Alex Elias (, Urban Forestry Grants Manager.

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