Tree City and Arbor Days

Additional Information and Helpful Links

What is a Tree City? 

"Tree City USA" is a program fun by the Arbor Day Foundation to encourage the valuation and celebration of trees.  

tree city logoTo qualify for this designation, the Town of Shady Shores must meet four standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of Foresters.

1) A tree board or department- in the Town of Shady Shores, we have the Keep Shady Shores Beautiful Committee filled by residents who love their town. We also staff our program through our Community Relations Department. 

2) A tree care ordinance- The Municipal Code for the Town of Shady Shores list several ordinances protecting the native tree growth. 

3) A community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita 

4) An Arbor Day observance and Proclamation- Our first proclamation was made at the March 2021 Town Council Meeting. We observe both State Arbor Day and National Arbor Day. View the town's calendar for dates and our Facebook  Page for details of each event. 

The Town of Shady Shores is committed to working towards cleaner air efforts, helping to maintain higher property values, and having healthier residents. Did you know trees help absorb 40% of the sounds of traffic? Or that neighborhoods with trees are seven to nine degrees cooler or that trees can reduce energy costs by up to 25% through their shade? Greenspaces help improve mental and physical health? The Town of Shady Shores is proud to be designated as a Tree City.

Help Us Create Tree Trails

The Town of Shady Shores seeks community help in creating Tree Trails. The Tree Trails program is a conservation and education project that celebrates trees...interactively.. online! 

Help create an education trail by selecting trees, mapping, and identifying trees in our areas. Tree trails serve schools through online, easy-to-use tools. Promotes quality relationship building as parents/guardians work with children as they discover their natural surroundings together. Tree Trails promote research-based learning in the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and technology. 

The program has all one needs for self-learning, teachers, scouts, hikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts, and more. Modules, Resources, and instructions are provided so that one can adapt the program for individual or group learning. 

Contact us at community.relations@shady-shores if you would like help organizing a project. Let us help you share your success!