Cambridge Awarded Tree City USA Recognition

Cemetery trees spring 2011

The City of Cambridge has been recognized as a 2020 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. The community also received a Tree City Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and higher level of tree care.

Tree City USA distinctions are given to cities that meet the programs four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.  

Cambridge is one of more than 3,600 Tree City USAs, with a combined population of 155 million. the Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the Nation Association of State Foresters. 

This year's award is particularly significant as the City recently released its Healthy Forest Healthy City initiative to help reshape its relationship with Cambridge's urban forest and to provide opportunities for the Cambridge community to play a role in keeping the urban forest healthy and strong and enjoy its many benefits. The City will use the Healthy Forest Healthy City report as a guiding document to develop strategies for engaging homeowners, renters, small and large business owners, universities and other property owners on how they can contribute to an equitable and resilient urban forest. 

To learn more about the work done on behalf of Cambridge trees, please visit our Urban Forestry page.

More information about the Tree City USA program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.

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