Iowa City has once again been named a 2020 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. 

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million-member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. 

Iowa City achieved its 41st Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. The Arbor Day Proclamation will be recognized during the City Council Meeting, on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. 

In addition to the Tree City USA designation, Forestry staff member Rae Lynn Schepers, who has over 33 years of forestry experience in Iowa City, has been awarded an Outstanding Professional award from the Iowa Urban Tree Council.

Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits. Increasing our tree canopy with diverse species, will help us reach our Climate action goals.

More information on the program is available at

Date of publication

Monday, April 12, 2021