The City of Wauseon was recognized May 3 as a Tree City USA in a northwest Ohio ceremony hosted by Lakeside Chautauqua and its Tree Advisory Board.
The awards for Tree City USA communities were presented by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry. The title was bestowed upon Wauseon for its ongoing efforts to maintain and improve the quality of life through a comprehensive tree management program guided by the city’s Tree Commission and the municipal government.
The Regional Urban Forester recommends a community for the honor to the Arbor Day Foundation. To achieve the title, the 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.
At 243, Ohio has the greatest number of Tree Cities in the nation. Fifty-five northwest Ohio communities are Tree Cities, and two campuses, Ohio Northern University and the University of Findlay, are Tree Campuses USA.
For additional information about Tree City USA or the Arbor Day Foundation, visit www.arborday.org.