There are many reasons to celebrate our trees and forests: Trees are part of the green infrastructure of our cities, towns, and villages; they provide so many environmental and health-related benefits; they provide shade and create recreational opportunities in public spaces; and they are simply beautiful! 

Every May we celebrate Arbor Day alongside those cities, campuses, and utility companies designated through the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA, Tree Campus USA, and Tree Line USA programs. Additionally, we recognize communities and individuals from all over the state who are Vermont tree champions with the  Vermont Tree Steward Awards.

Towns engaged in efforts to expand the value and benefits of public open spaces are recognized through the Vermont Public Spaces Awards. We also recognize the most formidable tree specimens in Vermont through the Vermont Big Trees Program and promote and celebrate village greens and town forests through collaborative projects with partners.