Tree City USA

Chapin TreeOregon City has been a confirmed Tree City USA since 2012! Tree City USA status is awarded by the National Arbor Day Foundation, and helps to raise awareness about trees and the importance of urban forestry to our quality of life.

To qualify as a Tree City USA community, Oregon City met four standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. These standards were established to ensure that every qualifying community would have a viable tree management program and that no community would be excluded because of size. The standards are:

  • Standard 1: A Tree Board or Department
    The Natural Resources Committee serves as Oregon City's Tree Board.
  • Standard 2: A Public Tree Care Ordinance
    Oregon City's Public Tree Care Ordinance is OCMC 12.08 - Public and Street Trees. This code chapter provides the standards for tree care for trees in the public right-of-way and on city-owned land.
  • Standard 3: A Community Forestry Program With an Annual Budget of at Least $2 Per Capita
    Every year since we became a Tree City USA, Oregon City has regularly exceeded this amount. At the bottom of this page is a chart indicating our Community Forestry budget since 2012.
  • Standard 4: An Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation.
    Oregon City and the State of Oregon typically proclaim Arbor Day in April.

For more information about Oregon City's Tree City USA program, please contact the Planning Division.