- A Tree Board or Department
- Community Tree Ordinance
- A Community Forestry Program with an Annual Budget of at least $2 per Capita
The essential, ongoing activity for the care of trees along streets, in parks, and in other public places is the responsibility of the Community Forestry Program. The annual work plan should address planting, watering and fertilizing, dead and hazardous tree removal, safety and fine pruning, and insect and disease control. To be named as a Tree City USA, a town or city must annually spend at least $2 per capita for its annual Community Forestry Program. All funds spent for tree care must be considered, including the budget for street tree department or board, park department's tree expenditures, dead tree removal, etc.
- An Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation
Annually, Arbor Day is observed at Pendleton King Park. Each year, a tree is established and dedicated to outstanding individuals who promote urban forestry in the Augusta area. The event highlights include tree seedling giveaways, guest speakers, tree demonstrations, and a proclamation read by the Mayor of Augusta.