“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.”
Milan and Willard achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a 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.
James Johnson, Willard city council president, said the city has been named as a Tree City USA for the 38th consecutive year.
“Council is pleased that the efforts of our tree commission, parks and recreation director and maintenance department have been recognized with this award,” he added.
“Council does not take the continuous achievement for granted. We recognize that meeting the requirements to qualify for this distinction; having an active tree commission, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation, have to be taken seriously, and our people definitely do that.”
If you are interested in having one of the approved species of trees planted on your property and are willing to accept responsibility for nurturing and watering it, after planting, you may add your name to the list by calling the Willard city manager’s office at 419-933- 2591. For more information, contact Jim Ludban at 419-933- 2591 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.
The Arbor Day Foundation is a million-member, non-profit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.