The application portal for Tree City USA is now open and available. Applications are due Dec. 31.
You will notice some changes to the recognition portal this year. These instructions will help you log in for the first time.
We hope you join us again this year in continuing our strong commitment to growing and maintaining a healthy tree canopy across Wisconsin. If you’re new to Tree City USA, you can learn more about the program on the Arbor Day Foundation’s website and from your DNR Urban Forestry Coordinator.
If you’ve been a Tree City USA for at least one year, you may want to see whether you’re eligible for a Growth Award. The Growth Award is presented by the Arbor Day Foundation to participating Tree City USA communities that demonstrate higher levels of tree care and community engagement during the calendar year. Communities need to earn at least ten points in any of the following five categories: Building the Team, Measuring Trees & Forests, Planning the Work, Performing the Work and The Community Framework. Review the point system to see if you’re eligible this year and talk to your Urban Forestry Coordinator if you have any questions.
Communities that received a growth award in 2022 include Bayfield (7 years), Green Bay (7 years), Greenfield (28 years – every year they’ve been a Tree City USA except for the first!), La Crosse (5 years), Ledgeview (first year!), Madison (18 years), Manitowoc (11 years), McFarland (2 years), Milton (first year!), Milwaukee (15 years), New London (6 years), Oconomowoc (7 years), Portage (first year!), Richland Center (7 years), Shawano (11 years), Sheboygan (4 years), Stanley (3 years), Stevens Point (18 years), Sun Prairie (3 years), Town of Beloit (3 years), West Allis (11 years) and Whitewater (13 years).
Contact the DNR Urban Forestry Coordinator serving your area for more information about Tree City USA and other Arbor Day Foundation programs open to Wisconsin communities and organizations: Tree Line USA, Tree Campus Higher Education, Tree Campus K-12, Tree Campus Healthcare and Tree Cities of the World.