Grove City was named a Tree City USA community for the 25th consecutive year by the Arbor Day Foundation. The Tree City USA award recognizes more than 3,400 communities nationwide, with a combined population of 140 million, that prioritize and meet tree conservation goals as part of their community forestry program.
Grove City is committed to maintaining this designation, recognizing that trees are assets to its community, improving the visual appeal of neighborhoods, increasing property values, reducing home cooling costs, and removing air pollutants among many other benefits.
Each year, the Grove City Service Department Urban Forestry staff and Grove City Tree Commission volunteers work to promote comprehensive tree care, tree education and community pride at summer Farmers’ Markets, EcoFest and throughout the city. For 2018, the focus is continued community education about urban forestry challenges, such as the emerald ash borer and the Asian longhorn beetle.
“We take great pride in the 25th anniversary Tree City designation and thank the volunteers and residents for helping shape a healthier community,” said Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage. “We appreciate the educational work our staff and Tree Commission volunteers provide.”
This marks Ohio’s 38th consecutive year as the top Tree City USA state, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Forestry.
For information about tree care or the Grove City Tree Commission, visit GroveCityOhio.gov or call the Grove City Service Department at 614-277-1100.