According to the Arbor Day Foundation's website, 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. The many benefits of being a Tree City include creating a framework for action, education, a positive public image, and citizen pride. The City of Antigo has been named a Tree City since 1994.
In order to be named a Tree City, a community must fill out a yearly application and have the following items:
- A tree board or department
- A tree care ordinance
- A community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2.00 per capita, and
- An Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
For more information about Tree City USA, please visit the Arbor Day Foundation's website at www.arborday.org.