- 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.
Standard Four (Arbor Day Observation and Proclamation)
- An Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation
Arbor Day is observed annually in Augusta, and is a requirement of the Tree City USA program. In Georgia, Arbor Day is celebrated the third Friday in February, as the cooler temperatures help trees establish better than if planted during the National Arbor Day Celebration, which is traditionally held the fourth Friday in April in most states. The primary functions of Arbor Day are: 1) to plant trees; and to 2) provide education on the benefits of trees.
Augusta's Arbor Day Celebration location varies from year to year, and may take place at either a park or local elementary school. Generally, event highlights include guest speakers, demonstrations of tree care and maintenance, a tree planting ceremony, and tree seedling giveaways. Additionally, a Proclamation signed by the Mayor of Augusta is read aloud. Recent Arbor Day events include the 2016 celebration, held at Heritage Academy School, and the 2017 celebrations, which were held at both Copeland Elementary and Lake Forest Hills Elementary School.