City of Bettendorf, Iowa

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Tree City USA

Bettendorf was named a 2017 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is the 23rd consecutive year the city has received this recognition. This is due to the support of the elected officials and the community as a whole, and the hard work of the staff and many volunteers. The Trees Are Us Committee continues lead the effort to enhance the Urban Forest in Bettendorf and have helped plant over 3,200 trees on public spaces over the last 27 years.

Bettendorf 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 a least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants, and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.

More information on the program is available at