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Tree City USA - ​Indianapolis ​
As of April 2015, the City of Indianapolis has been certified as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for 27 consecutive years by meeting and exceeding the following four standards:
  • A Forestry Department responsible for the care of all trees on City owned properties,
  • A municipal tree ordinance which provides opportunity for good policy and backing by force of law,
  • A community forestry program with an annual budget of a least $2 per capita, and 
  • An Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Indianapolis has received the Tree City USA Growth Award 14 times.

The City and its community partners planted over 17,000 trees in public spaces in 2015.

The City celebrated Arbor Day in 2015 on Friday, April 24th, on Monument Circle, at the “Indy Free Tree” event in partnership with Indianapolis Power and Light, giving away 1000 redbud tree seedlings free to the public.  The Arbor Day Proclamation was read to the large crowd that had gathered for the event.

In an additional celebration of Arbor Day, DPW Forestry staff participated in Environmental Adventure Day at Southeastway Park to teach over 100 elementary school children, along with their teachers and chaperones, about Arbor Day and the benefits of trees.  Each of the five educational sessions included a discussion about the different types of trees, an exploration of the many benefits of trees, an example of how to plant the “right tree in the right place and do it the right way”, as well as full class participation in the  planting of a dogwood tree.  ​