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Tree Cities

What is Tree City USA?

The Tree City USA® program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities that more than 135 million Americans call home.

In Oregon, the Tree City USA program, and all the Arbor Day Foundation recognition programs, are administered through the Oregon Department of Forestry Urban and Community Forestry Assistance program. If you would like to learn more about how to apply for Tree City USA recognition, and the reasons to become a Tree City USA, please contact the ODF staff at [email protected]. Typically, Tree City USA applications are due mid-December every year.

Visit the Tree City Website

See the current List of Oregon Tree Cities

Peace Trees Grown from Hiroshima Seeds

To mark the 75th anniversary of the close of World War II, more than two dozen Oregon communities have confirmed that next year they will be planting special peace trees distributed by the Oregon Department of Forestry in partnership with the non-profit groups Oregon Community Trees and the Medford-based One Sunny Day Initiative.

The seedling ginkgo and Asian persimmon trees were grown from seed collected from trees that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The bombing occurred 75 years ago on Aug. 6, 1945 and is also being remembered this year. Thirty-six peace trees (29 ginkgos and seven Asian persimmons) will be planted in 26 cities and towns across 16 Oregon counties, from the coast to northeast Oregon and from the Columbia Gorge to near the California border. Most of the seedlings are going to parks, arboretums and schools. Other sites include a cemetery and a church. The greatest number will be planted in April as part of Arbor Week. View the full list of locations here.

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