Arlington has been a Tree City USA Community since 2001.
The Tree City USA® program, sponsored by The National 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 93 million Americans call home.
Municipalities are eligible if they file a proper application and comply with four requirements, all of which Arlington meets. These are having a tree warden, following state law for regulating the community forest, celebrating Arbor Day and having an annual forestry budget that exceeds the required minimum of $2 per capita.
Being a Tree City USA reflects a town’s commitment to environmental protection in general and the community forest in particular. On a more pragmatic level, communities with this designation are sometimes given preference over others when competing for state or federal grants directed at trees or forestry programs. For more information, go to the Tree City USA® web site.