Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees) was incorporated in 1993 as a problem-solving center for leaders of community-based urban forestry groups. Its founders shared a vision of healthy, functioning urban ecosystems nurtured by a broad base of community stewards.
Today, ACTrees is a growing coalition of over 200 organizations involved in grassroots community greening, public education, policy making, and other activities supporting better urban forest stewardship.
1993 — ACTrees is founded by leaders of local tree organizations to establish a national voice for urban and community forestry.
2000–2005- ACTrees grows its membership to engage a broad spectrum of organizations and communities. By 2005, ACTrees counts over 100 organizations in states across the country as part of its national network.
2005- ACTrees partners with Home Depot Foundation to launch NeighborWoods™ programs. ACTrees expands its communications, develops training and workshop series, offers major grants including the NeighborWoods™ Grants for tree planting with affordable housing partners, and launches the National NeighborWoods™ Month campaign. ACTrees will provide over $2 million in technical and financial support to its member organizations through these programs over the next five years.
2009- ACTrees holds its first annual Policy Summit in Washington, DC, to educate lawmakers on the benefits of trees and green infrastructure.
2012 — The nonprofit organization TreeLink, its website, and its iTreeBank program become part of ACTrees, strengthening the urban and community forestry field and increasing resources for our members.