ADA — The Village of Ada Tree Commission was honored to accept the Tree City USA award in a ceremony on April 9. The Village has earned the Tree City Award for 33 years.

Ohio Northern University earned and accept the Tree Campus USA for the third year.

The ceremony was held in Kenton, and was co-hosted by the City of Kenton and the Village of Mt. Victory.

The awards were presented by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry. The Division of Forestry acts as a guiding hand in helping communities become qualified as a Tree City USA. In order to achieve the title and honors, a community must meet four standards: a tree ordinance; and active Tree Commission; a comprehensive urban forestry program supported by a minimum of two dollars per capita; and an annual Arbor Day proclamation and public observance. This year marks Ohio’s 33rd year as the top Tree City USA state.

Ada also earned a Growth Award for the first time. In order to earn that title and honor, a community must have made additions or significant improvements to the tree program in the past year. To earn the award for 2013, the Ada Tree Commission hosted over 20 students from Northwest Ohio in Ohio Department of Natural Resources Tree Commission Academy, a four part training for tree commissioners and others interested in urban forestry development. Ada Tree Commission also took an active role in the First Ever Spring Event, which was held in the Ada War Memorial Park in April 2013.

Ohio Northern University, under the lead of Dr. Terry Keiser, earned Tree Campus USA designation by meeting five standards: campus tree advisory committee; campus tree care plan; campus tree program with dedicated annual expenditures; Arbor Day observance; and a service learning project.

For additional information about the Tree City USA program or the Arbor Day Foundation, please visit www.arborday.org.