The TCUSA Mentor Program pairs current Tree City USA cities as mentors with cities interested in achieving TCUSA status.


Tree City USA

Tree City USA is a certification program for communities, earned on an annual basis by meeting minimum qualifications for community forestry programs. All towns and cities, regardless of population size, can qualify for Tree City USA status. The program is administered by the Arbor Day Foundation and is sponsored by the NDFS.


The four program standards for certification are:

  1. A tree committee or department
  2. A community tree ordinance
  3. A community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita
  4. Having an Arbor Day observation and proclamation


In North Dakota, 48 communities are currently certified as Tree City USAs. Participating in Tree City USA represents a strong community commitment to management of your trees and other natural resources. The Tree City USA program helps residents learn what they can do to make their community a better place in which to live.


TCUSA Mentor Program

In 2018, a pilot for the City-to-City Tree City USA Mentor Program will be undertaken with three existing TCUSA cities and three potential TCUSA cities. Stay tuned to learn how your city can participate in this program in the future.



Email or call Jennifer at 701-355-4458 for more information.


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The North Dakota Urban and Community Forestry Association (NDUCFA), in partnership with the North Dakota Forest Service (NDFS), was awarded a Western Forestry Leadership Coalition FY 2017 Landscape Scale Restoration Competitive Grant from the USDA Forest Service in the summer of 2017.  This project is made possible through a grant from the USDA Forest Service.  Each institution involved is an equal opportunity provider.