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GreenStep City Best Practices Environmental Management

Urban Forests
no. 16

Add city tree and plant cover that increases community health, wealth and quality of life.
  Best Practice Action 1      [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 ]       [all actions]

Certify as a Tree City USA.

 
  • Tree City USA, a program of the national Arbor Day Foundation, requires a city to: (1) establish a tree board or department; (2) pass an ordinance on tree care; (3) establish an annual tree budget of at least $2 per resident; (4) plan an annual Arbor Day celebration. 140 cities in MN are certified as a Tree City.
Certified for current year.
Certified for 30 or more years.
Certified for at least 10 years with an annual tree budget (for maintenance, planting, replacements, removals) of at least $4 per resident (twice the Tree City requirement) or have calculated and publicized the financial and other benefits of trees to your city.

Hopkins

Date completed/entered:   09/05/2012

Implementation details:
In 2009, Hopkins was named a Tree City USA for the 30th time. Hopkins meets the four standards to become a Tree City USA by having a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance. Hopkins have been certified as a Tree City USA for at least 10 years.We did not apply for Tree City status in 2011 so are not currently listed as such. Our 2012 forestry budget is $210,000 which is much greater than $4/resident.

Descriptive links: http://www.hopkinsmn.com/residents/environment/index.php

For more information contact:
Steve Stadler (City staff)   |   sstadler@hopkinsmn.com   |   952-548-6350

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Austin

Date completed/entered:   05/07/2012

Implementation details:
Austin has been a Tree City USA for 32 years!! We just applied for the 33rd year.

For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Elected official)   |   jkanderson@gofast.am   |   507-433-1081

Partners:
Austin Park & Rec department

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Coon Rapids

Date completed/entered:   05/15/2014

Implementation details:
The City of Coon Rapids has successfully qualified for the National Tree City USA award for the past 34 consecutive years. Coon Rapids has met the following four criteria to become a Tree City USA community: a legally constituted tree body, a community tree ordinance, an active comprehensive community forestry program supported by a minimum of $2.00 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. The City of Coon Rapids has met and often exceeded the criteria to qualify for the Tree City USA program since 1975.

Descriptive links: http://www.arborday.org/programs/treeCityUSA/treecities.cfm?chosenstate=Minnesota

For more information contact:
Tommy Schibilla (City staff)   |   tschibilla@coonrapidsmn.gov   |   763-767-6455

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Kasson

Date completed/entered:   05/05/2011

Implementation details:
Completed: We are into our 32nd year as a Tree City USA.

For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff)   |   financedept@cityofkasson.com   |   507-634-6321

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Saint Cloud

Date completed/entered:   05/05/2011

Implementation details:
St. Cloud boasts a forestry program responsible for all tree-related issues including maintenance, management of a nursery, planting, and the processing of tree waste. As such, the National Arbor Day Foundation has recongnized St. Cloud as "Tree City USA" for 31 consecutive years and reveived Tree City USA Growth Awards for three separate years since 2004.

Descriptive links: http://www.arborday.org/programs/treeCityUSA/treecities.cfm?chosenstate=Minnesota

For more information contact:
Matt Glaesman (City staff)   |   Matt.Glaesman@ci.stcloud.mn.us   |   320-255-7218

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Saint Louis Park

Date completed/entered:   07/02/2012

Implementation details:
City of St. Louis Park has been a Tree City USA for over 30 years...we will continue to be one for the foreseeable future.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Adhered to all Tree City requirements and have planted 300+ trees annually for last 5 years.

Descriptive links: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/arbormonth/index.html             view file

For more information contact:
Jim Vaughan (City staff)   |   jvaughan@stlouispark.org   |   952-924-2699

Partners:
Minnesota Socitey or Arboriculture; MN DNR: MDA; Tree Contractors

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Apple Valley

Date completed/entered:   03/21/2012

Implementation details:
Apple Valley has been a member of Tree City USA since 1984.

For more information contact:
Charles Grawe (City staff)   |   CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us   |   952-953-2508

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Bemidji

Date completed/entered:   10/30/2012

Implementation details:
Bemidji has been certified as a Tree City for 22 years.

Descriptive links: http://www.arborday.org/programs/treeCityUSA/treecities.cfm?chosenstate=Minnesota

For more information contact:
Sara Dennison (Community volunteer)   |   sdennison@bemidjistate.edu   |   218-755-3765

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Burnsville

Date completed/entered:   03/07/2013

Implementation details:
The City of Burnsville is a certified participant of Tree City USA (12 years).

For more information contact:
Sue Bast (City staff)   |   basts@ci.burnsville.mn.us   |   952-895-4524

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Columbia Heights

Date completed/entered:   11/19/2014

Implementation details:
Columbia Heights has met the requirements for a designated "Tree City" USA for the last 22 years. In addition, the Mayor and Council declare May as Arbor Month for the City and encourages additional tree plantings.

Descriptive links: http://www.arborday.org/programs/treeCityUSA/treecities.cfm?chosenstate=Minnesota             view file

For more information contact:
Jesse Davies (City staff)   |   Jesse.Davies@ci.columbia-heights.mn.us   |   763-706-3706

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Cottage Grove

Date completed/entered:   04/12/2013

Implementation details:
Cottage Grove has meet the requirements and been a Tree City USA member for 18 years.

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Duluth

Date completed/entered:   05/24/2014

Implementation details:
Duluth is a Tree City USA city and has been for 23 years.

For more information contact:
DyAnn Andybur, Energy Coordinator (City staff)   |   dandybur@DuluthMN.gov   |   218-730-4433

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Eagan

Date completed/entered:   01/11/2011

Implementation details:
The City of Eagan is certified as a Tree City USA.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Eagan has been a Tree City USA member for over 20 years.

Descriptive links: http://www.arborday.org/programs/treecityusa/

For more information contact:
Greg Hove (City staff)   |   ghove@cityofeagan.com   |   651/675-5319

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Eden Prairie

Date completed/entered:   04/17/2014

Implementation details:
Tree City USA (29 years)

Descriptive links: http://www.arborday.org/index.cfm

For more information contact:
Regina Rojas (City staff)   |   rrojas@edenprairie.org   |   952-949-8490

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Edina

Date completed/entered:   02/11/2012

Implementation details:
The City of Edina has been a Tree City USA in past years and is in the process of reapplying for the designation. The City Forester expects to be qualified again in Spring 2012.

For more information contact:
Tom Horwath (City staff)   |   THorwath@CI.Edina.MN.US   |   952-826-0308

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Farmington

Date completed/entered:   08/05/2011

Implementation details:
The City has been a member of Tree City USA since 1990 and continues that tradition.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The City meets the qualfications for a Tree City USA distinction.

For more information contact:
Adam Kienberger (City staff)   |   akienberger@ci.farmington.mn.us   |   651-280-6820

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Grand Rapids

Date completed/entered:   12/20/2012

Implementation details:
The city of Grand Rapids was reconized as a tree city usa in 1989 and has been continualy reconized each year since.

For more information contact:
Ron Edminster (City staff)   |   redminster@ci.grand-rapids.mn.us   |   218-326-7628

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Lake Elmo

Date completed/entered:   06/20/2012

Implementation details:
Lake Elmo is celebrating its 10th year as a Tree City USA.

Descriptive links: http://www.arborday.org/programs/treeCityUSA/treecities.cfm?chosenstate=Minnesota

For more information contact:
Nick Johnson (City staff)   |   njohnson@lakeelmo.org   |   651-747-3912

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Mahtomedi

Date completed/entered:   11/22/2010

Implementation details:
Mahtomedi became a member of Tree City USA in 2009.

Descriptive links: http://www.arborday.org/programs/treecityusa/map.cfm

For more information contact:
Marnie McInnis (Community volunteer)   |   marniemcinnis@comcast.net   |   6517739730

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Mankato

Date completed/entered:   04/29/2014

Implementation details:
Mankato has been recognized as a Tree City USA. The urban forest planning plays a major role in developing the character of a city and extends the value aesthetically, environmentally and economically.

Descriptive links: http://www.mankato-mn.gov/sustainability-resources/Page.aspx

For more information contact:
Jon Noerenberg (City staff)   |   jnoerenberg@city.mankato.mn.us   |   507-387-8571

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Maple Grove

Date completed/entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The city of Maple Grove has been certified as a Tree City USA since 1986.

For more information contact:
Peter Vickerman (City staff)   |   PVickerman@maplegrovemn.gov   |   763-494-6046

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Maplewood

Date completed/entered:   04/20/2013

Implementation details:
For the Third year in a row the Arbor Day Foundation has declaired that the City of Maplewood is a "Tree City."

For more information contact:
Ginny Gaynor (City staff)   |   virginia.gaynor@ci.maplewood.mn.us   |   651-249-2416

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Minnetonka

Date completed/entered:   01/31/2014

Implementation details:
The City of Minnetonka was first designated as a Tree City USA in 1994. Available on the city website and annually in the Minnetonka Memo is information on city involvement and benefits of forestry on our community.

Descriptive links: http://www.eminnetonka.com/public_works/natural_resources/community_forestry.cfm

For more information contact:
Ashley Cauley (City staff)   |   amellgren@eminnetonka.com   |   952-939-8298

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North Saint Paul

Date completed/entered:   04/12/2013

Implementation details:
The City of North St. Paul has applied for certification as a Tree City USA and will be receiving our confirmation by May 1, 2013.

For more information contact:
Jon Fure (City staff)   |   jon.fure@ci.north-saint-paul.mn.us   |   651-747-2587

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Northfield

Date completed/entered:   04/02/2014

Implementation details:
The City of Northfield is certified for 2014 and has been a member for 15 years.

For more information contact:
Jasper Kruggel (City staff)   |   jasper.kruggel@ci.northfield.mn.us   |   507-645-3027

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Oakdale

Date completed/entered:   05/10/2011

Implementation details:
2011 marks Oakdale's sixteenth year of being designated a Tree City USA. The National Arbor Day Foundation bestows this honor to forward thinking, environmentally conscious cities that have established programs for planting and maintaining trees. Each year the city submits a report detailing our expenditures related to planting and maintaining trees.

Descriptive links: http://oakdale.govoffice2.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={C49A71AC-6FA4-4F45-99A9-2491149310F1}

For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff)   |   jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us   |   651-730-2723

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Red Wing

Date completed/entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The city has been certified as a Tree City USA since at least 1995. See attached document.

            view file

For more information contact:
Jay McCleary (City staff)   |   Jay.McCleary@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651 385 3674

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Rochester

Date completed/entered:   06/02/2011

Implementation details:
Rochester has been a Tree City USA for over 28 years.

Descriptive links: http://www.arborday.org/programs/treeCityUSA/map.cfm

For more information contact:
Jeff Ellerbusch (City staff)   |   ellerbusch.jeff@CO.OLMSTED.MN.US   |   507-328-7132

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Rosemount

Date completed/entered:   03/07/2012

Implementation details:
Rosemount has been a part of the Tree City USA program since 1992.

Descriptive links: http://www.arborday.org/programs/treeCityUSA/map.cfm

For more information contact:
Jason Lindahl (City staff)   |   jason.lindahl@ci.rosemount.mn.us   |   651-322-2090

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Royalton

Date completed/entered:   05/11/2011

Implementation details:
The city of Royalton is in its 11th year as a Tree City USA city. Our Tree Board does an excellent job of planting and maintaining the trees in our city.

For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official)   |   mayor@royaltonmn.com   |   320-630-2229

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Willmar

Date completed/entered:   03/22/2012

Implementation details:
Tree City USA, sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities that more than 93 million Americans call home. Willmar has been a Tree City USA for more than 13 years.

Descriptive links: http://www.willmar.mn.us/awards.htm

For more information contact:
Andrew Bjur (Community volunteer)   |   andrew.bjur@engan.com   |   320-214-8729

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Woodbury

Date completed/entered:   04/27/2013

Implementation details:
Woodbury has been certified annually as a Tree City USA Community since 2008.

For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff)   |   jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us   |   651-714-3522

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Brainerd

Date completed/entered:   10/16/2014

Implementation details:
Brainerd has been certified as a Tree City USA for 33 years.

Descriptive links: http://www.arborday.org/programs/treeCityUSA/treecities.cfm?chosenstate=Minnesota

For more information contact:
Nathan Hall (City staff)   |   codecompliance@ci.brainerd.mn.us   |   218-828-2310

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Saint Paul

Date completed/entered:   11/19/2014

Implementation details:
Saint Paul has been a certified as a Tree City USA for 33 years. The Forestry Unit of Parks and Recreation is responsible for over 500,000 public property trees throughout the city, 130,000 on street rights-of-way alone. As part of this responsibility, Forestry deals with all boulevard and park tree inventory, planting, maintenance and removal, trimming, storm clean up, wood recycling, disease monitoring, education and outreach.

Descriptive links: http://www.arborday.org/programs/treeCityUSA/benefits.cfm

For more information contact:
Anne Hunt (City staff)   |   anne.hunt@ci.stpaul.mn.us   |   651-266-8520

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greenstep advisor
Ken Holman, Community Forestry Coordinator, MN Department of Natural Resources: 651/259-5269, ken.holman@dnr.state.mn.us, http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/urban