Tree City USA

The National Arbor Day Foundation (NADF) has recognized 56 Virginia communities with the Tree City USA Award.  The towns, cities and military installations that have achieved Tree City USA certification satisfy guidelines from the Arbor Day Foundation.  Each community needs to meet or exceed the following standards set by NADF:  establish a tree board or commission; write and pass a tree ordinance; document a $2 per capita expenditure on tree related matters; and have an Arbor day celebration each year.

“Trees are much more than a pretty face,” said Barbara White, urban and community forester with the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF). “They’re vital to our quality of life and the environment – trees are part of our ‘green infrastructure.’ They help clean the air we breathe and the water we drink. And, when properly placed beside a home, trees can even help us conserve energy.” 

The Tree Campus USA® program helps colleges and universities around the country establish and sustain healthy community forests.  Three universities in Virginia qualify as Tree Campus USA: Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University, and new in 2015 Virginia State University.

The Tree Line USA® program recognizes best practices in utility arboriculture.  Three Virginia electric companies, Rappahannock Electric Company, Dominion Virginia Power,and new in 2015 Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative qualify as a Tree Line USA®

Visit the National Arbor Day Foundation to see if your community is a Tree City USA! View a map of all Tree Cities USA.

Trees Virginia reimburses Tree Cities USA for a portion of a tree to be planted at an Arbor Day celebration if the community puts in a request. To learn how your community can become a Tree City USA, visit the Arbor Day Foundation or contact your local Virginia Department of Forestry forester.

Tree City USA Communities in Virginia

CityYearsPopulation
Abingdon 12 7800
Alexandria 30 139966
Appomattox 2 1761
Arlington County 17 212800
Ashland 22 7200
Blacksburg 23 43620
Buchanan 6 1233
Charlottesville 7 43475
Chesapeake 27 225898
Danville 21 43055
Fairfax 26 22549
Fairfax County 30 1096798
Falls Church 35 12751
Farmville 7 8216
Franklin 30 8500
Fredericksburg 27 25000
Front Royal 14 38000
Harrisonburg 9 50862
Herndon 24 23556
Langley AFB 13 10908
Leesburg 24 38760
Lexington 13 7200
Little Creek-Fort Story 16 22317
Lovettsville 1 1681
Luray 13 4900
Lynchburg 31 76504
Manassas 23 39000
Marion 11 5689
Martinsville 7 13559
Middleburg 12 672
NAS Dam Neck Annex 13 5100
NAS Oceana 19 12000
NASA Langley Research Center 3 3800
Naval Station Norfolk 11 67000
Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads 4 6935
Newport News 30 180000
Norfolk 26 242800
NSA Norfolk - Northwest Annex 11 1300
Onancock 23 1200
Portsmouth 30 105000
Purcellville 7 7727
Radford 1 16414
Reston 19 62000
Richmond 22 205533
Roanoke 18 96714
Roanoke County 15 92376
Salem 14 25100
Staunton 17 25000
Surface Combat Systems Center 17 34
Vienna 12 14500
Vinton 11 8098
Virginia Beach 33 442707
Warrenton 15 9735
Waynesboro 23 20000
Winchester 31 26587
Woodstock 8 5079

Did You Know:

  • Most tree roots are in the top 12 inches of soil.

  • Trees are the largest living organisms on earth: some coastal redwoods are more than 360 feet tall.

  • Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and save 20-50 percent in heating energy.

  • A birdhouse hung on a young tree branch, does not move up the tree as the tree grows.

  • A mature tree removes almost 70 times more pollution than a newly planted tree.

  • Trees are some of the oldest living organisms on earth: some bristle-cone pines are thought to be more than 5000 years old.

  • In one day, one large tree can lift up to 100 gallons of water out of the ground and discharge it into the air.

  • Most trees do not have a tap root.

  • Well-maintained trees and shrubs can increase property value by up to 14%.

  • One large tree can provide a supply of oxygen for two people.

  • Every state has an official State Tree. Virginia adopted the flowering dogwood Cornaceae Cornus florida as the State Tree on February 24, 1956.  The dogwood is well distributed throughout the...

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08-15-2017 8:00 am
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