Illinois Department of Natural Resources

TREE CITY USA

Currently serving 7.2 million Illinois citizens or 65% of the state’s population through the TREE CITY USA PROGRAM

Welcome to the IDNR TREE CITY USA website. ILLINOIS is #2 in the NATION for the number of TREE CITY USA participants for over 12 years.  ILLINOIS GROWTH AWARD PARTICIPATION  is currently #1 in the NATION!

 

Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forest Resources cosponsors the Tree City USA program with the Arbor Day Foundation. Tree City USA and Tree City USA Growth Awards are nationwide programs that recognize communities for their urban forestry efforts. Tree City USA provides the basis for urban forestry management. Along with the Growth Award, which encourages program expansion and special initiatives, these programs are a great asset for initiation, development, and growth of local urban and community forestry programs.

RESOURCES AVAILABLE

Download TREE CITY USA Recertification Form

For more help download a "Tree City USA Certification" packet

TREE CITY USA APPLICATION 

TREE CITY USA PARTICIPANT MAP coming soon

Arbor Day Foundation TREE CITY USA

IL GROWTH site

Arbor Day Foundation – GROWTH AWARD site 

Arbor Day Foundation - TREE CAMPUS USA site

FACTS ABOUT ILLINOIS TREE CITY USA

o Illinois has 192 TCU Communities

o Tree City USA is a highly respected and sought after recognition in Illinois

o Illinois TCU communities spend $82 million on local tree care

o about $41 million on in-house staff

o nearly $10 million on trees

o $15.5 on contractual tree services

oThe record high was $59 per capita

o From 1995 to 2007(pre-EAB) Illinois had a ratio of 1:1 for every tree removed one tree was planted due to the success of local, state and national urban foreseer programs (this is compared to a 1:10 ratio when the national urban and community forestry program was initiated in 1991.

o EAB was founded in Illinois in 2006. For decades TCU communities had been advised to diversify their urban forest, develop tree inventories/management plans, and implement tree care ordinances - all urban forestry management actions that helped ready a community for major insect and disease infestations

o Participation in Illinois TCU program has helped municipalities save well over a billion dollars just through species diversity and invasive species readiness.

TREE CITY USA PROGRAM STANDARDS

A Tree City USA community must meet all four standards:
1. The community must legally designate an individual or a group to care for the urban forest.
2. The community must have a tree care ordinance.
* Sample Ordinance
* Sample Arboricultural Specifications
* State Statutes
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The community must support its urban forestry programs with a minimum expenditure of $2 per capita.
4. The community must make an Arbor Day proclamation and it must have a public tree planting ceremony.
     *Sample Proclamation


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ILLINOIS CELEBRATING TREE CITY USA

2011 ILLINOIS TREE CITY USA CONFERENCE:
Central/Southern - March 29 - IDNR Bldg. Springfield, IL - Agenda
Northern - April 5 - Moraine Valley Comm. College, Palos Hills, IL - Agenda - Photos

Photo: 2009 TREE CITY USA CONFERENCE

eQuincy , IL receives their TCU recognition with  IDNR, Director Marc Miller (far right).

 

 

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ILLINOIS TREE CITY USA CONFERENCE

TEXT FROM OPENING SPEECHES (2003) (2005) (2009) (2010)

2010 CONFERENCE

Notice: Future link to the Arbor Day Foundation Fall 2010 Electronic Tree City Application System

 

 

 

 
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