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, or recent recipient of a Growth award.
Certified for at least 10 years with an annual tree budget (for maintenance, planting, replacements, removals) of at least $8 per resident (4X the Tree City requirement) or have calculated and publicized the financial and other benefits of trees to your city.
Date action report first entered: 01/14/2016
Date of last report update: 01/14/2016
Implementation details: The City of Fergus Falls was the first city in Minnesota to be recognized as a Tree City, USA. We were awarded this designation in 1978 and have been annually recognized for this honor the past 37 years.
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.
Date action report first entered: 04/30/2015
Date of last report update: 03/02/2016
Implementation details: The City of Hutchinson has been certified as a Tree City USA for 36 consecutive years, beginning in 1979. That makes Hutchinson the 2nd longest consecutive award winner in Minnesota!
Hutchinson has an excellent forestry program that serves both boulevard and privately owned trees. It promotes tree planting activities, tree sales, education events, and partners with the local utility to promote energy conservation through proper tree species selection and placement guidance. In 2015, the forestry program budget was $159,490, averaging approximately $11.5/resident.
Date action report first entered: 02/19/2016
Date of last report update: 02/19/2016
Implementation details: Richfield has been certified as a Tree City USA for 27 years.
The City has an annual tree budget of $18 per resident and publicizes/links the financial and other benefits through Tree City USA website.
Date action report first entered: 01/13/2015
Date of last report update: 02/11/2015
Implementation details: The city has been certified as a Tree City USA since 1995. The city is on schedule to meet the requirement of 30 years of certification in 2025.
The city has had a tree budget of at least $4 per resident for at least 10 years.
Date action report first entered: 11/19/2014
Date of last report update: 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.
Date action report first entered: 07/02/2015
Date of last report update: 03/30/2016
Implementation details: The City of Arlington has an excellent forestry program that serves both boulevard and privately owned trees. It promotes tree planting activities, education events, and partners with our forester to promote energy conservation through proper tree species selection and placement guidance.
Outcome measures/metrics: For eight consecutive years, the City of Arlington has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as “Tree City USA”. The City was also awarded the "Growth" award in 2015 and 2016 for “new or significantly improved activities” relating to its Tree City/Arbor activities.
Date action report first entered: 05/15/2014
Date of last report update: 10/27/2014
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.
Date action report first entered: 05/04/2016
Date of last report update: 05/04/2016
Implementation details: New Brighton has been a Tree City for over 34 years. A proclamation was just published and read aloud in the City Council chambers - STATING THAT THE CITY OF NEW BRIGHTON HEREBY DECLARES ARBOR DAY AS APRIL 29, 2016 AND ARBOR MONTH AS MAY, 2016 IN THE CITY OF NEW BRIGHTON.
WHEREAS the City of New Brighton has been recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA for 34 consecutive years, and
WHEREAS the health of the people is tied to the health of their forests; and
WHEREAS trees and forests improve our physical health by cleaning the air, reducing exposure to the sun’s UV rays, and decreasing temperatures during the summertime; and
WHEREAS In 50 years, one tree provides $62,000 worth of air pollution control; and
WHEREAS Childhood asthma rates are lower in urban communities that have a higher density of trees; and
WHEREAS Trees and forests improve our mental health by reducing stress and increasing concentration; and
WHEREAS Forests create high-quality drinking water by acting as a natural filter; and
WHEREAS Getting a daily dose of trees is healthy for all Minnesotans; and
WHEREAS Each year, on the last Friday in April, and throughout the month of May, Minnesotans pay special tribute to rural and community trees and all the natural resources, and dedicate themselves to the continued vitality of our state’s forests.
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.
Date action report first entered: 11/19/2014
Date of last report update: 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.
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.
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.
Date action report first entered: 07/13/2015
Date of last report update: 07/14/2015
Implementation details: The City of Marshall has been recognized as a 2014 Tree City USA. This is a national recognition program of the Arbor Day Foundation that awards communities that meet the four core standards of urban forestry management. These standards are: maintaining a tree board or department, having a tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and the celebration of Arbor Day.
Tree Board or Department:
Glenn Olson, the Director of Public Works and Zoning Administrator, serves as this position for the City of Marshall.
Tree Ordinance: A tree ordinance was established in Marshall on November 11, 1997. It can be found in Chapter 82 –Vegetation, Sections 82-1 and 82:21-33.
Tree Expenses: The population of Marshall is 13,700 and in 2014, the total forestry expenditure was $104,980. The expenses per capita were $7.66.
Arbor Day Celebration: Mayor Robert Byrnes proclaimed May 1, 2014 as Arbor Day. As an Arbor Day celebration, Marshall High School students planted trees near the athletic fields on school grounds.
Outcome measures/metrics: The Tree City USA award was presented to the City of Marshall at a City Council meeting on May 12, 2015.
High school students planted dozens of new trees near the school on May 5, 2015 which was part of the Arbor Day celebration.
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.
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.
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.
Date action report first entered: 03/07/2017
Date of last report update: 03/07/2017
Year action initially completed: 1989
Action completed after joining GreenStep?
Implementation details: Sunfish Lake certifies each year as a Tree City USA and 2016 was the 27th year that the City was certified. The City Forester uses the reapplication process each December to document tree care and forestry activities of the past year and develop Forestry Department plans for the next year.
Outcome measures/metrics: The recording and planning process each year leads to a more consistent forestry program with a longer term outlook.