Tree City USA

Benefits From Caring For Publicly Owned Trees

Perhaps you’ve noticed Tree City USA signs along the highway or as you pass through a neighboring community. More than 100 towns and cities in Missouri have earned a Tree City USA designation and installed signs to show this achievement. Receiving a Tree City USA certification is impressive, and people who live in these communities enjoy the tangible benefits of having a greener, healthier community.

Every community, regardless of size, can benefit from caring for their publicly owned trees and achieving Tree City USA certification. To be certified, a town or city must meet four standards established by The National Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters.

The four Tree City USA standards

  1. tree board or department
  2. tree-care ordinance
  3. community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita
  4. Arbor Day observance and proclamation

These standards were established to ensure that every qualifying community would have a viable tree-management plan and program. These standards were also designed so that no community would be excluded because of size. In Missouri, cities with Tree City USA certification range in population from 159 to 441,000 people. 

Call your regional or community forester to find out how to participate.

Tree City USA Communities in Missouri
Certified for Efforts in Calendar Year 2017
Community Name Years in TCUSA Population
Ash Grove 12 1,472
Augusta 9 255
Ballwin 27 31,283
Bel-Nor 1 1,466
Bel-Ridge 1 2,737
Belton 7 23,290
Blue Springs 28 54,431
Branson 23 10,520
Brentwood 30 8,000
Brookfield 4 4,300
Brunswick 18 858
Cape Girardeau 20 39,462
Carthage 19 14,378
Centralia 28 4,000
Chesterfield 21 47,484
Chillicothe 14 9,732
Clayton 26 16,623
Columbia 21 115,000
Crestwood 23 12,122
Creve Coeur 21 18,612
Cuba 5 3,200
Dardenne Prairie 10 12,500
Des Peres 35 8,540
Dexter 25 7,864
Ellisville 37 9,224
Elsberry 3 1,934
Eureka 12 10,534
Exeter 22 770
Farmington 1 16,500
Fayette 18 2,688
Fenton 34 4,360
Ferguson 29 21,203
Florissant 29 52,158
Frontenac 1 3,566
Gladstone 16 25,410
Glen Echo 1 159
Glendale 5 5,925
Grandview 23 24,475
Grantwood Village 2 863
Greendale 13 651
Hannibal 19 17,916
Herculaneum 11 3,492
Hermann 12 2,431
Independence 18 117,556
Jackson 23 13,758
Jefferson City 20 43,013
Joplin 10 50,175
Kansas City 30 441,545
Kirksville 20 17,519
Kirkwood 28 27,540
Lake Saint Louis 17 15,375
Laurie 2 945
Lees Summit 14 96,076
Liberty 14 30,614
Maplewood 19 8,046
Marshfield 14 6,633
Maryland Heights 17 25,756
Maryville 20 11,971
Memphis 25 1,822
Mexico 39 11,543
Mountain View 19 2,719
North Kansas City 21 4,210
O'Fallon 15 79,329
Ozark 11 19,000
Pagedale 2 3,304
Paris 1 1,220
Parkville 28 6,514
Pasadena Hills 2 930
Peculiar 4 4,979
Pine Lawn 1 3,275
Pineville 1 791
Pleasant Hill 1 8,113
Raymore 5 20,839
Raytown 15 29,526
Richmond Heights 22 8,508
Rock Hill 32 4,764
Savannah 21 5,100
Sedalia 9 21,489
Springfield 33 159,498
St. Charles 12 69,293
St. James 3 4,203
St. Joseph 25 76,780
St. Louis 36 319,000
St. Peters 20 54,842
Sturgeon 22 892
Sunset Hills 11 8,600
Town & Country 18 11,000
Trenton 19 6,001
Troy 3 10,540
Twin Oaks 12 392
Union 5 10,577
University City 36 35,000
Village of Hanley Hills 2 2,101
Village of Velda Village Hills 4 1,050
Vinita Park 2 2,157
Warrensburg 8 18,838
Warrenton 8 7,880
Warson Woods 29 1,996
Washington 13 13,982
Webster Groves 35 23,000
Wentzville 8 38,000
West Plains 7 12,320
Wildwood 8 36,765
Willard 20 5,288

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