PIQUA — The city of Piqua was recently named as a Tree City USA once again by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. The Southwest Ohio awards program was hosted by the city of Centerville. Bob Graeser, city of Piqua project manager and urban forester, was honored to receive Piqua’s 24th Tree City USA Award along with Piqua’s second Growth Award.
Ohio continues to be the top state in the country with the most Tree City USA communities, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry. In 1997, Ohio became the first state to have more than 200 Tree City USA communities.
“I am proud that Ohio continues to lead the nation for the 38th consecutive year in the number of Tree City USA communities with 237 participating cities, villages, and townships,” said Governor Mike DeWine.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. Piqua 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.
To learn more about Ohio’s woodlands, visit forestry.ohiodnr.gov.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.