Legacy Tree Program

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Forest Health Program formally recognizes the largest known tree of each species growing in the state with The Massachusetts Legacy Tree Program.

Anyone can nominate a big tree! DCR encourages submissions of trees on public or private land within Massachusetts. Residents should complete and submit the Legacy Tree Nomination Form. Field inspectors will verify the tree species and measurements.

Tree City USA

How to apply:  the Tree City USA Application Process.

In partnership with the National Arbor Day Foundation, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) administers the annual Tree City USA program in Massachusetts. DCR is responsible for reviewing Tree City USA applications from Massachusetts communities, to ensure that the information is current, accurate, and complete. DCR then recommends applicants for the award to the National Arbor Day Foundation.

The deadline for submitting applications is December 31st each year. The Arbor Day Foundation now makes the entire application process available on-line. DCR prefers that cities and towns use this on-line tool for the application process. However, if you need to fill out a paper application, please find DCR instructions for submitting the application and the required budget sheet at the DCR website.

All applications (standard Tree City USA, Recertification, and Growth) can be found at the Arbor Day Foundation web site.

Please contact Community Action Forester Mollie Freilicher 413-577-2966 or mollie.freilicher@state.ma.us if you need additional information.