Tree City U.S.A.

City's 2021 Arbor Day planting on N. 3rd St.

The Tree City USA program was founded in 1976 and is one of the oldest programs of the Arbor Day Foundation.  

Fernandina Beach initially received Tree City designation in 1986-1988, but the effort lapsed until 2006. For the past 17 years, the City has gradually increased its efforts to achieve the designation. In 2021, Fernandina Beach received its first ever growth award which coincides with the 20th year of participation in the Tree City USA program.

What does it take to be a Tree City USA Community?

Criteria required by The Arbor Day Foundation
  • Maintaining a tree board or department
  • Having a city tree ordinance
  • Municipality spends at least $2.00 per capita on urban forestry
  • Demonstrate observance of Arbor Day by a proclamation and planting event

Arbor Day Foundation

Tree City USA Logo

Please visit to find out more information about Tree City USA and the importance of urban trees.