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.
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
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.