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The City of Hillsboro has been recognized as a 2018 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.
This designation celebrates the City’s dedication to public tree care and promoting the positive effects trees have on our neighborhoods, businesses, environment, and wildlife.
The Arbor Day Foundation sponsors Tree City USA in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
According to the Arbor Day Foundation, the benefits of being a Tree City USA include:
- Reduced costs for energy, stormwater management, and erosion control: Trees yield three to five times their cost in overall benefits to the city.
- Increased property values: Properly placed trees can increase property values from seven to 20 percent. Buildings in wooded areas rent more quickly, and tenants stay longer.
- Stronger neighborhood and community ties: Trees and green spaces directly correlate to greater connections to neighbors.
- Expanded community understanding of the value of trees: Participation in this program provides the opportunity for the community to come together to learn about the value of trees.
Annual Application for Tree City USA Designation
The City earned the designation by meeting four fundamental standards of sound urban forestry management:
- Maintaining a tree board or department
- Having a community tree ordinance
- Spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry
- Celebrating Arbor Day
The City will reapply annually for the Tree City USA designation.
Annual Timeline for Sustainable Urban Forestry
- January–February: City tree maintenance in parks and open spaces
- February: Notification of Tree City USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation
- March: City tree planting in parks and open space. Plans may vary by year
- April: Arbor Day community event celebration
- October: City tree planting in parks and open space. Plans may vary by year
- November: City submits annual Tree City USA application
- November/December: Leaf Pick-Up Program
Check back for additional details on how community members can support these efforts.
To celebrate the City being designated a Tree City USA, four Hiroshima Peace Trees will be planted at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve.
A community tree planting event, in recognition of our Tree City USA status and Arbor Day, will be held in late fall. Further details will be posted on this webpage closer to the event.
Tree Care Standards
The Hillsboro Municipal Code and practices already met the Tree City USA criteria before the City applied for designation.
The Municipal Code language updates, approved by City Council in fall 2018, did not introduce new responsibilities for Hillsboro community members and contractors, but instead:
- Outlined existing responsibilities
- Adjusted the minimum clearance height over roadways from 13 feet to 15 feet (effective January 1, 2020)