Earn recognition for your community through Arbor Day Foundation programs

Trees are an important part of cities and campuses, large or small. Tree City USA, Tree Campus Higher Education, Tree Campus K-12, Tree Campus HealthCare, Tree Line USA, and the Growth Award are national recognition programs developed by the Arbor Day Foundation to recognize sound urban forest management.

Become a Tree City USA

Established in 1976, Tree City USA provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees. More than 3,400 communities have made the commitment to urban forestry by becoming a Tree City USA community. In Arkansas, over 40 communities are registered Tree Cities – the oldest being Eureka Springs, belonging to the program for more than 35 years.

Tree City USA application

Tree City USA list of cities

Become a Tree Campus 

Established in 2008, Tree Campus Higher Education supports effective tree management at two- and four-year accredited colleges and universities. The program recognizes college and university campuses that effectively manage their campus trees, develop connectivity with the community beyond campus borders, and engage student population in community forestry efforts. In Arkansas, four schools are currently registered Tree Campuses.  Tree Campus K-12 is a new program that will recognize k-12 campuses for the same efforts, beginning with the 2021-2022 school year.

Tree Campus Higher Education application

Tree Campus Higher Education list of campuses

Tree Campus K-12 information

Tree Campus K-12 application

Become a Tree Campus Healthcare Facility

The Tree Campus Healthcare recognition program connects inpatient healthcare facilities of all sizes with local community forestry programs to improve human health outcomes, while improving the extent and condition of the community forest.

Tree Campus Healthcare Application

Tree Campus Healthcare List of Facilities

Become a Tree Line USA

The TreeLine USA program exists to recognize best practices in public and private utility arboriculture, demonstrating how trees and utilities can co-exist for the benefit of communities and citizens.

Tree Line USA Application

Tree Line USA Utilities

Earn the Growth Award

The Tree City USA 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. All Tree City USA communities applying for recertification are also eligible to apply for a Growth Award during the online renewal process, so there is no separate application.

Growth Award list of Arkansas’ winning cities


To learn more about the benefits of these programs, visit www.arborday.org or contact Kristine Kimbroat the Arkansas Department of Agriculture Forestry Division via email at [email protected] or phone at 479-228-7929.

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