2017 Tree City USA
2017 was Billings 33rd year as a Tree City USA
To be recognized as a Tree City USA a community must meet 4 requirements:
1. Have a Tree Board or Department to manage City trees
2. Have an Ordinance addressing trees in the community
3. Have a program with a Budget of at least $2/capita
4. Celebrate Arbor Day each year
About the ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION: Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters, and valued partners. During the last 45 years, more than 250 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world.
For more information on the Tree City USA Program visit the Arbor Day Foundation
2016 National Arbor Day Celebration Award
Billings was recognized as having THE outstanding Arbor Day celebration nationwide. The award is in honor of the city’s efforts to engage students in learning about trees and the environment and the importance of everything working in unison for a healthier, greener planet. Several Parks, Recreation and Public Lands staff members were honored with a trip to Lied Lodge, the home of Arbor Day, in Nebraska City, Nebraska, to receive this award. For a quick synopsis, the Billings Arbor Day Celebration was attended by 500 4th grade students from schools across Billings, accompanied by 150 volunteers and served by 22 separate environmental educational stations. The event was held at North Park and during the course of the day new trees were planted, older trees were pruned, and several Park improvement projects were completed. Children learned about trees, tree planting, the weather, insects, wildlife, water pollution, invasive weeds and pests and much, much more.
2013 Montana Tree City of the Year
Billings was recognized as the 2013 Montana Tree City of the Year in the large community category by the Montana Urban and Community Forestry Association and the Department of Natural Resource and Conservation (DNRC). With the award comes a $10,000.00 grant. This award will be utilized to establish a boulevard cost share tree program, establish an experimental nursery at Wilson park, provide a fruit tree component to community gardens, and help in the promotion of Arbor Day in Billings.
2012 Gold Leaf Award
2012 Rocky Mountain Chapter International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Gold Leaf Award for Excellence in Landscape Beatification. The City of Billings received this award in partnership with Billings Arboriculture Association for helping beautify Zoo Montana for Arbor Day 2012.