Tree City USA

Congratulations to Berryville VA for being awarded the Tree City USA award for the first time in 2020!  

The National Arbor Day Foundation (NADF) has recognized over 55 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, former 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.  Five universities in Virginia qualify as Tree Campus USA: Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University, Virginia State University, Roanoke College, Randolph College.  

The Tree Line USA® program recognizes best practices in utility arboriculture.  Four Virginia electric companies Rappahannock Electric Company, Dominion Virginia Power, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative and A & N 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

City Years Population
Abingdon 18 7800
Alexandria 36 139966
Appomattox 7 1761
Arlington County 23 212800
Ashland 28 7200
Berryville 1  
Blacksburg 30 43620
Buchanan 12 1233
Charlottesville 13 43475
Chesapeake 33 225898
Danville 27 43055
Fairfax 32 22549
Fairfax County 36 1096798
Falls Church 41 12751
Farmville 13 8216
Franklin 35 8500
Fredericksburg 33 25000
Front Royal 20 38000
Harrisonburg 14 50862
Herndon 30 23556
Langley AFB 19 10908
Leesburg 30 38760
Lexington 19 7200
Little Creek-Fort Story 22 22317
Lovettsville 7 1681
Luray 19 4900
Lynchburg 37 76504
Manassas 30 39000
Marion 17 5689
Martinsville 13 13559
Middleburg 18 672
NAS Dam Neck Annex 19 5100
NAS Oceana 25 12000
NASA Langley Research Center 9 3800
Naval Station Norfolk 17 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 36 105000
Purcellville 12 7727
Radford 5 16414
Reston 25 62000
Richmond 27 205533
Roanoke 24 96714
Roanoke County 21 92376
Salem 20 25100
Staunton 23 25000
Surface Combat Systems Center 23 34
Vienna 18 14500
Vinton 19 8098
Virginia Beach 39 442707
Warrenton 21 9735
Waynesboro 30 20000
Winchester 37 26587
Woodstock 14 5079
Wytheville 1 8211

Did You Know:

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

  • Most trees do not have a tap root.

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Contact Trees Virginia

(434) 295 6401

900 Natural Resources Drive, Ste 800
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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Our Partners

American Grove     Virginia Department of Forestry     Mid-Atlantic Chapter International Society of Arboriculture