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Posted on: April 4, 2019

Rockville to Celebrate Three Decades as a Tree City USA

City to Celebrate Arbor Day with a Tree Planting

Rockville, Maryland, April 4 – Rockville will mark Arbor Day with a tree-planting ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive.

The ceremony, part of the city’s celebration of Earth Month in April, will include a presentation by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service of an award from the Arbor Day Foundation recognizing Rockville as a Tree City USA.

City staff will provide tree-planting demonstrations and advice for caring for trees, and trees will be available for pickup by residents who reserved trees as part of the city’s 300 Free Trees for the 30th giveaway. (Please note that all trees have been reserved and are no longer available through the giveaway. For information on rebates for trees through the city’s RainScapes Rebate program, visit

The Mayor and Council on March 25 issued a proclamation declaring April 6 as Arbor Day in Rockville. Find video of the proclamation presentation at Select the television icon next to the March 25 meeting listing.

It is the 30th consecutive year Rockville has received the Tree City USA designation. To be named a Tree City USA, a city must have:

  • A tree board — a function served by Rockville’s Recreation and Park Advisory Board.
  • A community tree ordinance. The city’s Forest and Tree Preservation Ordinance has been in place since 1992.
  • A community forest program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita. Rockville’s budget provides about $20 per capita for tree maintenance and planting.
  • An Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

For more information on trees in Rockville, visit Find an urban tree canopy map of the city in the map gallery at

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Marylou Berg
Director of Communication

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