The City of Rossford was recognized as a Tree City USA today in the Northwest Ohio awards ceremony hosted by the Village of West Unity and their Tree Commission. This is the 19th time our community has been honored with this nationally recognized award.
The awards were presented to the Tree City USA communities by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry. Andrea Torrice, Cincinnati native and award-winning documentary filmmaker, was the keynote speaker. She shared the story of what led to her latest film, Trees in Trouble followed by the Northwest Ohio premier of the work. Trees in Trouble chronicles the pressures facing the country’s trees and community forests and the impacts on society as a whole. The film will be broadcast on PBS stations nation-wide the week of Arbor Day, the last Friday in April, one of America’s oldest, official holidays.
The title of “Tree City USA” was bestowed upon our community 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.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry acts as a guiding hand in helping a community to become qualified as a Tree City USA. The Urban Forester recommends a community to the Arbor Day Foundation for this standing. 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 Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Forestry. 55 Northwest Ohio’s communities are Tree Cities. This region also boasts one Tree Campus USA (Ohio Northern University) and one Tree Line USA (FirstEnergy). All were recognized for their achievements at the awards ceremony.
For additional information about the Tree City USA program or the Arbor Day Foundation, visit www.arborday.org.