OHIO LEADS THE NATION WITH 231 TREE CITY USA COMMUNITIES|
22nd consecutive year in leading the nation
COLUMBUS, OH -- For the 22nd consecutive year, Ohio has retained its
standing as the nation's leader in the number of Tree City USA communities,
with 231 participating cities, villages and municipalities, according to the
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
Through this program, Ohioans planted nearly 46,000 trees, pruned
more than 116,000 trees, volunteered nearly 38,500 hours and invested more
than $34 million towards urban forestry efforts in 2002.
Tree City USA encourages citizens to become more involved in tree
care and planting programs, which enhance their neighborhoods.
Participating communities must meet the following criteria:
establish a Tree Board or department to carry out a tree care program; enact
and enforce a Community Tree Ordinance to provide direction; fund the
community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita;
and celebrate Arbor Day with a community ceremony.
Since 1979, the ODNR Division of Forestry has assisted communities
in establishing and maintaining comprehensive tree care programs. In 1997,
Ohio became the first state to have more than 200 designated communities in
any one year.
The Tree City USA program, created in 1976, is sponsored by the
National Arbor Day Foundation, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Conference of
Mayors, National League of Cities and the National Association of State
Foresters. This year in Ohio Arbor Day is Friday, April 26