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The city of Kenton was recognized as a Tree City USA on Wednesday in the Northwest Ohio awards ceremony, co-hosted by the Mercer County Villages of Rockford, Coldwater and Fort Recovery and their Tree Commissions. This is the 14th time Kenton has been honored with this nationally recognized award.
Kenton Tree Commission member Steve Phillips and Chairman Robert Rainbolt attended the awards ceremony.
The awards were presented to the Tree City USA communities by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, at the Rockford Community Building. The title of “Tree City USA” was bestowed upon the community for its ongoing efforts to maintain and improve the quality of life through a comprehensive street tree management program. The program is guided by the Tree Commission and the municipal government.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, acts as a guiding hand in helping a community to become qualified as a Tree City USA. The Urban Forester recommends a community to the Arbor Day Foundation for this standing. In order to achieve the title and the honors, a community must meet four standards: a Tree Ordinance; an active Tree Commission or forestry department; a comprehensive urban forestry program supported by a minimum of $2 per capita and an annual Arbor Day proclamation and activity.
The state of Ohio currently boasts the greatest number of Tree Cities in the country with a grand total of 249 this past year. Fifty-two of Northwest Ohio’s communities are Tree Cities and were recognized for their achievements at the Rockford awards ceremony.
For additional information about the Tree City USA program or the Arbor Day Foundation, visit www.arborday.org.