Recognition for Growing Your Program

growth logoThe Tree City USA (TCUSA) Program recognizes those communities that manage their community forest for all the benefits that safe, healthy trees provide.

But many communities don’t stop there! They go on to achieve an annual TCUSA Growth Award. Communities are eligible for this award if they have been a TCUSA for at least a second consecutive year and have spent at least as much on the community forestry program in the current year as the previous year. To achieve the award, a community must document urban forestry-related activities for a total of 10 or more points, listed in 4 categories ; education and public relations, partnerships, planning and management, tree planting and maintenance.

Many cities review eligible activities at the beginning of the year and match their program to achieve a growth award each year.

In the next several issues of Tree Link, we will highlight some of the great projects that communities have accomplished on their way to a Tree City USA Growth Award. Check out eligible activities at this link.

Vancouver’s Garry oak savannah

Vancouver Urban Forestry partnered with the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to plant 151 trees along State Route 14 Park and Ride to create a Garry oak savannah. This location within the state right-of-way has significant ditch drainage and is a detention area without trees. The cooperative vegetation enhancement project funded by WSDOT will not only shade the surface of an open pond there and benefit of water quality, it also will provide an aesthetic benefit. The project signals WSDOT’s standard of commitment  to the quality of life for the Vancouver community.

A bird's eye view of the special planting plan for the Garry oak savanna next to a park and ride lot. The planting is a partnership between WA Department of Transportation and the City of Vancouver
A bird’s eye view of the special planting plan for the Garry oak savanna next to a park and ride lot. The planting is a partnership between WA Department of Transportation and the City of Vancouver