Tree City USA & Arbor Day

The City of Puyallup was formally recognized for the first time as a Tree City USA in 2014! Communities achieve Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a designated tree department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrating Arbor Day. Puyallup currently meets and exceeds these four core standards and is striving to achieve Tree City USA growth awards for continuing efforts to improve the city's Community Forest.

Participating communities have demonstrated a commitment to caring for and managing their public trees. Together, there are more than 3.400 Tree City USA communities that serve as home to more than 135 million Americans.
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Arbor Day Celebration Event

On April 4, 2015, approximately 20 community volunteers attended the City of Puyallup Arbor Day event - nearly 30 new trees were planted at Bradley Lake Park! US Congressman Denny Heck and WA State Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark also attended the event to help out. A Giant Sequoia tree was planted in honor of the city's 125th anniversary.

The event was the second year Arbor Day Celebration Event for Puyallup as a Tree City USA- the city will hold a major planting event each April to maintain certification under Tree City USA. Contact the city's Certified Arborist for more information regarding volunteer opportunities for the annual Arbor Day Celebration or other events throughout the year that help the city to maintain Tree City USA certification.

What programs and activities are needed for the city to achieve a Growth Award?

Read more about the Tree City USA Growth Award requirements.