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Tree City USA

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DEC staff assisting a western
New York Tree City

Reminder: The annual deadline for submitting new, recertification or growth Tree City USA applications to your area's forester is December 31st.
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Tree City USA is a program sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the state forestry agencies. It 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.

We are proud of the following New York communities with Tree City USA designation:

2018 Tree Cities

Communities are recognized in 2019 for activities undertaken in 2018.

& - Indicates Growth Award
* has not recertified for 2018

New Tree Cities USA:
Champlain
Lakewood
Lyndonville
Morrisville
Sackets Harbor
Head of the Harbor
Upper Brookville
Watervliet

NYS Tree Cities and Number of Years
Municipality Entity Years
Albany City 17
Albion Village

1*

Amherst Town 23
Auburn City 10
Babylon Town 28
Baldwinsville Village 33
Bath Village 33
Beacon City 22
Bedford Town 19
Bellerose Village 7
Bergen Village 8
Binghamton City 19&
Brighton Town 17
Brockport Village 11
Brookhaven Town 4
Buffalo City 30
Canandaigua City 27
Canton Village 6*
Cayuga Heights Village 6
Cazenovia Village 8&
Champlain Village 1
Cobleskill
Village 16
Cold Spring Village 3
Colonie Town 3
Cooperstown Village 29
Cornwall Town 13
Cortland City 12
Cortlandt Town 25
Croton-on-Hudson Village 31*
Cuba Village 16
Dewitt Town 8&
Dryden Village 1
East Aurora Village 21
East Rockaway Village 17
Eastchester Town 29
Ellicottville Village 38
Fairport Village 16
Fayetteville Village 19
Floral Park Village 23
Flower Hill Village 5
Franklinville Village 35
Fulton City 16
Garden City Village 29
Geneva City 11
Gowanda Village 17
Great Neck Estates Village 28
Greece Town 22
Greenburgh Town 9
Greenport Village 13
Hastings-on-Hudson Village 35
Head of the Harbor, Inc Village 1
Hornell City 18
Huntington Town 21&
Irvington Village 35
Ithaca City 31&
Jamestown City 38&
Jordan Village 17
Kingston City 23
Lakewood Village 1
Lancaster Town 20
Larchmont Village 38
Lindenhurst Village 35
Lockport City 3
Long Beah City 10
Lynbrook Village 35
Lyndonville Village 1
Malvene Village 31
Mamaroneck Town 27
Manlius Town 15
Massena Village 10
Medina Village 13
Middleport Village 23
Middletown Village 10
Millbrook Village 27
Mineola Village 32
Montebello Village 10
Morrisville Village 1
Mt. Kisco Village 18
Munsey Park Village 2
New Hartford Village 37
New Hyde Park Village 3
New Paltz Village 28*
New Rochelle City 26
New York City 23
Newburgh City 13*
Niskayuna Town 15
North Elba Town 10
North Hempstead Town 5
North Syracuse Village 30
North Tonawanda City 11
Norwich City 26
Nyack Village 4
Ogdensburg City 26
Olean City 23
Onedia City 29
Oneonta City 33
Orangetown Town 8
Ossining Town 20
Oswego City 7
Oxford Village 26
Perry Village 2
Pittsford Village 1
Pleasantville Village 33
Port Jervis City 30
Poughkeepsie City 40
Pound Ridge Town 4
Red Hook Village 13
Red Hook Town 17
Rhinebeck Village 9
Rochester City 38
Rockville Centre Village 31
Rome City 16
Rye City 17
Rye Brook Village 23
Sackets Harbor Village 1
Saratoga Springs City 3
Saugerties Village 3
Scarsdale Village 36&
Scottsville Village 4
Sidney Village 23
Skaneateles Village 14
Smithtown Town 34
Suffern Village 6
Syracuse City 29&
Tarrytown Village 37
Tonawanda Town 7
Tonawanda City 22&
Tuckahoe Village 2
Tuxedo Park Village 4
Upper Brookville Village 1
Valley Stream Village 10
Victor Village 4&
Walden Village 12
Warwick Village 35&
Warwick Town 4&
Watertown City 19
Webster Village 3
Wellsville Village 28
West Point USMA 21
Westhampton Beach Village 31&
White Plains City 36
Williamsville Village 13&
Woodstock Town 3
Yonkers City 32
Yorktown Town 8

Benefits of Becoming a Tree City

Meeting the four standards for becoming a Tree City USA provides initial direction for an urban or community forestry program. Like the first rungs on a ladder, the standards help get a community started toward annual, systematic management of its tree resources, ensuring an achievable tree management plan and program.

The four standards are: A Tree Board or Department; A Tree Care Ordinance; A Community Forestry Program with an Annual Budget of at Least $2 Per Capita; An Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation.

Education

Education begins with discussion of the standards and getting organized to apply for Tree City USA status. It continues as the desire for Tree City USA recognition leads to contacts with the State Forester's staff. In turn, this can set in motion aid from a variety of professionals in the form of technical advice, literature, films, and other assistance.

Public Image

A community's public image is a very real phenomenon and important in many ways. Being a Tree City USA helps present the kind of image that most citizens want to have for the place they live or conduct business. The Tree City USA signs at community entrances tell visitors that here is a community that cares about its environment. It is also an indication to prospective businesses that the quality of life may be better here. It has even been known to be a factor in where meetings or conferences have been held. This reason alone caused a motel owner to start action for his community to join the network!

Cobleskill Tree Board members learn from Landis Arboretum Arborist Fred Breglia
Cobleskill Tree Board members learn from
Landis Arboretum Arborist Fred Breglia

Citizen Pride

Pride is sometimes a less tangible benefit. Gaining and retaining Tree City USA recognition is an award to the tree workers, managers, volunteers, tree board members and others who work on behalf of better care of a community's trees. Non-involved citizens, too, often share a sense of pride that theirs is a Tree City USA. This may translate to better care of trees on private property or a willingness to volunteer in the future.

Financial Assistance

Preference is sometimes given to Tree City USA communities over other communities when allocations of grant money are made for trees or forestry programs. The reason is that there are invariably more requests than available funds when grants are available through state or federal agencies. If requests are equally worthy, some officials tend to have more confidence in communities that have demonstrated the foresight of becoming a Tree City USA.

Publicity

Presentation of the Tree City USA award and the celebration of Arbor Day offer excellent publicity opportunities. This results not only in satisfaction for the individuals involved and their families, but also provides one more way to reach large numbers of people with information about tree care. As one forester put it, "This is advertising that money can't buy- and it is free!"

To request a Tree City USA or Growth Award application, contact your local DEC Forester.


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