Urbana Celebrates 17th Year as a Tree City USA Community
April 29, 2019
(Urbana, OH) – At an awards ceremony held in Bexley, OH at Capital University on Thursday, April 18, 2019, the City of Urbana was named a 2018 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of its continued commitment to the management of its urban forest.
In order to be named a Tree City USA, the City of Urbana was required to meet four programmatic requirements: an active tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first-hand”, said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education”.
Urbana joins the neighboring cities of Springfield, Bellefontaine, Marysville, London, Sidney, Piqua, and Troy in being named a Tree City USA for 2018. In Ohio, a total of 237 participating cities, villages, and townships were named as a Tree City USA for their work in 2018.
Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants, and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities, and the National Association of State Foresters.
The City of Urbana’s Shade Tree Commission is comprised of the following members who serve in an advisory and supporting role to city staff in the city’s urban forest management efforts: Jim Lemon, Ward Lutz, Earl Cottrill, John Kussman, Colin Stein, and Doug Crabill. In 2018, members of the Urbana Shade Tree Commission volunteered in excess of 115 hours.
Currently, the seat for the 1st Ward on the Urbana Shade Tree Commission is vacant. If a resident has an interest in serving in this capacity, please contact Mayor Bill Bean or your City Council representative.
An Arbor Day observance and celebration for 2019 is planned for May at the new Urbana Elementary School campus.
Community Development Manager; City of Urbana