Wauseon named Tree City USA

Staff report

The City of Wauseon was recognized as a Tree City USA on April 20 at the northwest Ohio awards ceremony hosted by the Village of West Unity and its Tree Commission.

This is the 23rd time Wauseon has been honored with this nationally recognized award. The awards were presented to Tree City USA communities by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry.

The title of “Tree City USA” was bestowed upon Wauseon for its ongoing efforts to maintain and improve the quality of life through a comprehensive street tree management program. The program is guided by the Tree Commission and the municipal government.

Archbold and Swanton are also Tree Cities.

In order to achieve the title and the honors, a community must meet four standards: a tree ordinance; an active Tree Commission or forestry department; a comprehensive urban forestry program supported by a minimum of two dollars per capita; and an annual Arbor Day proclamation and public observance.

The State of Ohio currently boasts the greatest number of Tree Cities in the country with a grand total this past year of 250. This marks Ohio’s 39th year as the top Tree City USA state, according to the ODNR-Division of Forestry. Fifty-five northwest Ohio’s communities are Tree Cities, and the region also boasts one Tree Campus USA, Ohio Northern University, and one Tree Line USA, FirstEnergy.

The keynote speaker at the awards ceremonty was Andrea Torrice, a Cincinnati native and award-winning documentary filmmaker who shared her latest film, “Trees in Trouble.” It will be shown nationwide on PBS stations at the end of April.

Staff report