Tree City USA and Tree Campus USA


Tree City USA®  

The National Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City USA program is coordinated in Iowa by the DNR Forestry Bureau with the goal of enhancing the forest resources of Iowa communities. The program recognizes cities and towns that have provided an outstanding example for other communities through the improvement of their forest resources.  In order for a community to qualify, it must:

  • possess either a city forester or an active tree board
  • have a tree ordinance
  • spend at least $2 per capita annually for its community forestry program
  • observe Arbor Day through a community proclamation and celebration

To fill out an application or for more information please visit the Tree City USA website. If completing a paper application please submit the Attachment C worksheet.  Completed paper applications should be returned to:  Emma Hanigan, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-0034.  For more information please contact Emma at (515) 249-1732 or Emma.Hanigan@dnr.iowa.gov.


Tree Campus USA®

The National Arbor Day Foundation's Tree Campus USA program is coordinated in Iowa by the DNR Forestry Bureau with the goal of establishing and sustaining healthy campus forests for the benefit of current and future students and residents. The program recognizes colleges and universities that effectively manage their campus trees, develop connectivity with their communities, and engage their students in service learning opportunities. Requirements are as follows:

  • Campus Tree Advisory Committee
  • Campus Tree Care Plan
  • Campus Tree Program with Dedicated Annual Expenditures
  • Arbor Day Observance
  • Service Learning Project

To fill out an application or for more information please visit the Tree Campus USA website. Completed paper applications should be returned to:  Emma Hanigan, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-0034.  For more information please contact Emma at (515) 249-1732 or Emma.Hanigan@dnr.iowa.gov.