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For the 26th consecutive year, the National Arbor Day Foundation has designated Evanston as a Tree City USA. Only 10 other communities within Illinois have a longer consecutive streak than Evanston. In addition, the foundation awarded its 2009 Growth Award to Evanston for the eleventh time in the award’s 12-year history. To further recognize this impressive eleven-year Growth Award achievement, the National Arbor Day Foundation has named Evanston a Sterling Tree City USA. 

The Tree City USA designation is given annually by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. The designation recognizes those cities with a proven commitment to an effective, ongoing community forestry program marked by renewal and improvement. The prestigious Growth Award further recognizes those Tree City USA communities who have shown environmental improvement and higher levels of tree care.