Tree City USA announcements

January 15, 2021

2021 recognition program standards changes from the Arbor Day Foundation regarding all 2021 applications.

Tree City USA

  • Standard 4- Proclamation and Arbor Day Observance
    • Arbor Day Foundation will be requiring a signed Arbor Day proclamation on all 2021 applications
    • Arbor Day observances/celebrations will not be required, but cities will be highly encouraged to publicize their community's recognition as a Tree City or celebration of Arbor Day.
      • Examples of things communities could do to still observe while socially distancing: Facebook live tree planting, social media post encouraging citizens to celebrate Arbor Day, newspaper article, radio ad, etc.
      • Arbor Day Foundation will be working on developing a communications toolkit with graphics, social media posts, and more that communities can use to celebrate.

Tree Campus Higher Education

  • Standard 4- Arbor Day Celebration
    • Arbor Day Foundation will be requiring that campuses celebrate/observe Arbor Day on 2021 applications.
    • Again this doesn't have to be a large tree planting event. It can be a social media live video of department members planting a tree, a simple social media post promoting being a Tree Campus and celebrating Arbor Day, a blog post, etc.
    • Arbor Day Foundation will provide a toolkit with languages for campuses to use for their 2021 events.
  • Standard 5- Service Learning Project
    • This will be required and students will need to be involved in some capacity for the 2021 applications.
      • Arbor Day Foundation understand that this may look different from previous years with being virtual but below are some examples that campuses used to meet this standard in 2020:
        • Student coursework on trees in classes being held virtually (college arboriculture classes)
        • Record or livestream a local tree expert giving tree planting or care tips to the student community
        • The creation of a virtual tree walk video
        • Student-led education on the importance of trees to the campus and community that is shared via a social media campaign or via a digital campus publication
        • Students give a virtual presentation on trees to a local K-12 classroom
        • Student interns on the campus facility teams that work on trees

Tree Line USA

  • Requirement 5- Arbor Day Celebration
    • Arbor Day Foundation will be requiring that utilities celebrate/observe Arbor Day on 2021 applications.
    • Again this doesn't have to be a large tree planting event. This can be an employee planting a tree, social media posts or live events, bill inserts with Arbor Day information, or more.