How to be a Tree City USA


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


        When a TREE CITY USA has achieved 10 years of Growth Awards they become a Sterling Community. To receive a Growth Award a Tree City must accomplish work above the required standards for that year. Each year a Growth Award is applied for, the Tree City must accumulate 10 points for work relating to community trees such as tree care workshops, education projects with schools, or developing an arboretum.

        As a part of the 2007 Growth Award Application, the Tree Board coordinated an Arbor Day Poster Contest with the Plainview Intermediate School fifth graders.

       Ardmore named a STERLING TREE CITY USA Arbor Day 2012.

Oak on Cloverleaf Place

Bald Cypress/Central Park

Deodar Cedar on Stanley