Tree City USA

The Tree City USA program was established by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters to provide direction, technical assistance, and national recognition for thousands of towns and cities across the country.

Awards & Recognitions

There are over 135 million people, living in more than 3,400 communities, that are currently living in a Tree City. There are 67 Tree Cities in Indiana. Madison has been a Tree City since 1995, and has received the Sterling Community award for achieving the Growth Award for 10 years.


To become a Tree City USA, a city must establish and maintain the following:

  • A Tree Board or Department
  • A Tree Care Ordinance
  • A Community Forestry Program with an annual budget of a least $2 per capita
  • An Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation

Maintaining the Standards

Establishing and maintaining these standards take a lot of work and commitment but becoming a Tree City has many rewards. The Tree City USA program touches the lives of people within the community who benefit daily from cleaner air, shadier streets, and the aesthetic beauty that healthy, well-managed urban forests provide, and can make a strong contribution to a community's pride. If you would like to learn more, visit the Arbor Day Foundation.