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.

Resources for Caring About Trees


Shady Shores named Tree City 2021! 

Arbor Day Foundation Names Town of Shady ShoreTree CityUSA®

Town of Shady Shores, Texas, was named a 2020 Tree City USA® by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.  Town of Shady Shores achieved 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.

"Tree City USA ctree city logoommunities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand," said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. "The trees being planted and cared for by Town of Shady Shores are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program brings residents together and creates a sense of civic pride, whether it's through volunteer engagement or public education."

If ever there was a time for trees, now is that time. Communities worldwide are facing issues with air quality, water resources, personal health and well-being, energy use, and protection from extreme heat and flooding. The Arbor Day Foundation recently launched the Time for Trees initiative to address these issues, with unprecedented goals of planting 100 million trees in forests and communities and inspiring 5 million tree planters by 2022. With Tree City USA recognition, Town of Shady Shores has demonstrated a commitment to effective urban forest management and doing its part to help address these challenges for Town of Shady Shores residents now and in the future. 

About the Arbor Day Foundation: 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. More information is available at

Tree City Announcement 2021

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!