Tree City U.S.A.

The National Arbor Day Foundation recognizes U.S. communities that have developed comprehensive forestry programs by awarding the Tree City U.S.A. designation.

Establishment
Tree City U.S.A. began as a 1976 Bicentennial project co-sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. The National league of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors are now co-sponsors as well.
Indianola Tree City photo
Membership
To become a Tree City U.S.A., a community must meet four standards:
  • Establish a tree board or department
  • Maintain a community tree care ordinance
  • Create a comprehensive community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita
  • Participate in Arbor Day observance and proclamation
Annual Certification
Communities must reapply for certification annually. Indianola is proud to have been awarded the Tree City U.S.A. designation each year since 1994.