2019 Tree City, Tree Campus, Tree Line USA Designees

Congratulations to the 2019 Tree City, Tree Campus, and Tree Line USA Designees! See below for highlights from each community and campus!

Tree City USA

Tree City USA is a national recognition program that recognizes communities of all sizes who actively manage and steward their public tree resources.  The program is administered nationally by the Arbor Day Foundation.

2019 Vermont Tree City Communities

City of Burlington (26 years)

Update coming soon

Village of Essex Junction (5 years)

-Planted 29 trees along the streets of Essex Jct.

-Arbor Day Celebration at the Summit Street School where planted a tree and participated in an all school assembly.

-Pruned 48 trees around the Village.

-Planted 30 young seedlings at the Branch Out Burlington Nursery. The Essex Junction Tree Committee is very excited to begin a new partnership with Branch Out Burlington. It will provide many trees for years to come destined for the streets of Essex Junction and allow Village residents a place to volunteer while we care for the trees.

Town of Hartford (17 years)

-Tree Board Member, Clare Forseth, started a tree of the month program where each month a tree is selected and identified with signage and information for public viewing.

-Clare also supervised the Eagle Scout signage project at Maxfield. 

-Hosted a tree identification walk with Hartford Tree Board members at Jeff Arnold's historic farmhouse.

-Tree Warden, Brad Goedkoop completed an EAB plan at Hartford High School.

-Tree Board raised $750 in sales of shrubs and saplings including many from their own nursery at the annual Arbor Day Sale. 

Town of Middlebury (2 years)

-Middlebury Tree Committee members, along with a member of the Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) and students from the Diversified Occupations Program at MUHS planted 8 trees at Otter View Park. These trees were donated by Branch Out Burlington’s nursery with the help of Kyle Albee with whom we have worked in past years. 

-During the summer and fall, the Committee stepped up community outreach concerning emerald ash borer. We distributed EAB information posters to Town Offices, local banks, Ilsley Library, Addison County Fair and Field Days, Town Meeting Day and at the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op. We also sponsored an EAB information meeting conducted by our county forester and held at the Town Offices. As per the EAB management plan passed in 2018, the town continued to set aside funds for response to an EAB infestation.

City of Montpelier (18 years)

-Conducted a street-side ash re-survey to check trees for signs of emerald ash borer.

-Set up and montiored 10 green traps around town.

City of Rutland (28 years)

Update coming soon!

City of South Burlington (12 years)

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Town of Shelburne (3 years)

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City of Winooski (1 year)

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Tree Campus USA

Tree Campus USA recognizes two- and four-year accredited institutions of higher education across the country that commit to a healthy campus tree population and student involvement in tree stewardship. 

2019 Vermont Tree Campus USA Campuses

University of Vermont

-Hosted a Tree Health Walk with VJ Comai, Burlington city Arborist.

-Luben Dimov hosted tree informational walks in the Historic UVM Green to celebrating Abor Day 2019 and students organized an interactive display with a tree quiz contest on campus.

-Planted 71 trees during the year.

Landmark College

-Hosted an annual Arbor Day Celebration with 18 students alongside 4 faculty and staff

-Planted 4 trees, 2 plums and 2 cherries. These trees added to the permaculture installation

-Planted a memorial tree to honor Nan Strauch, a longtime Landmark College community member and a member of the LC Board of Trustees, who passed away unexpectedly.

-Established 32- 1/10 acre permanent sample plots. Within each plot, all trees, shrubs, and forbs were measured, and location documented. Permanent plots are a key component of a long-term ecological research program.

Middlebury College

-Planted 78 trees and pruned 97 trees.

-Hosted annual Arbor Day celebration.

-Students started the Wild Middlebury Project, a service learning opportunity, that brings together hands-on environmental stewardship, outreach with kids K–12, engagement with local organizations, collaboration with peers on campus, citizen science, environmental advocacy, and leadership building—all focused on local places and ecosystems.

Tree Line USA

Tree Line USA recognizes best practices in public and private utility arboriculture, demonstrating how trees and utilities can co-exist for the benefit of communities and citizens.

2019 Vermont Tree Line USA Designee

Vermont Electric Power Company, Inc. (VELCO) (13 years)

In 2019, Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) completed approximately 593 landscape mitigation tree and shrub plantings. The largest planting project took place at VELCO’s St. Albans substation in St. Albans, Vermont – where 480 trees and shrubs were planted to provide vegetation screening around the newly refurbished substation. VELCO’s vegetation management team worked with the surrounding neighbors to develop a planting plan that would screen the view of the substation from nearby homes, while complying with industry standards for low growing compatible vegetation. Neighbor engagement resulted in a vegetation mix of cedar trees, lilac, and blueberry bushes to create a colorful and edible aesthetic.