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Ohio Remains No. 1 in Nation for Tree City USA Communities

COLUMBUS — For the 36th consecutive year, Ohio was recognized as the nation’s leader in Tree City USA communities with 243 participating cities, villages and townships, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

“We are proud to have so many Ohio communities that recognize the value trees provide to their neighborhoods and residents,” said Robert Boyles, Ohio’s state forester. “These trees help provide Ohio’s cities with cleaner air and water, better storm water control, cooler, quieter streets and attractive landscapes.”

As part of this nationwide program, Ohioans last year planted more than 27,000 trees, pruned more than 81,000 trees, volunteered more than 50,000 hours in their urban forestry programs and invested a combined total of $40.8 million toward urban forestry efforts.

Since 1979, the ODNR Division of Forestry has assisted communities in enhancing the quality of life within cities and villages through comprehensive urban forestry programs. Ohio’s original Tree City USA communities were: Springfield, Westerville and Wooster. In 1997, Ohio became the first state to have more than 200 Tree City USA communities.

Tree City USA was designed to encourage better care of the nation’s community forests by awarding recognition to communities that meet four basic standards of a good tree care program: 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.

The Tree City USA program, created in 1976, is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities and the National Association of State Foresters. If local communities are interested in learning more about becoming a Tree City USA community, they may contact Tyler Stevenson at 614-265-6707 or Tyler.Stevenson@dnr.state.oh.us.

Editor’s Note: Attached is the list of Ohio’s 2016 Tree City USA Communities. Ohio leads the nation with 243 cities, villages and townships participating in the Tree City USA program.

2016 Tree City USA Communities in Ohio

Updated June, 2017

City; Years; Population

Ada; 36; 2,750

Akron; 22; 190,000

Alliance; 35; 22,322

Amberley; 13; 3,500

Amsterdam; 20; 491

Anderson Township; 8; 43,446

Arcadia; 4; 590

Archbold; 34; 4,346

Ashland; 33; 20,337

Athens; 27; 26,390

Aurora; 25; 15,557

Avon Lake; 24; 23,500

Baltic; 35; 795

Baltimore; 6; 2,966

Bay Village; 19; 16,252

Beachwood; 21; 11,953

Bedford; 32; 13,074

Bedford Heights; 31; 10,751

Belle Center; 12; 813

Bellefontaine; 37; 13,322

Bellville; 31; 1,918

Belpre; 21; 6,641

Berea; 30; 19,093

Bexley; 29; 12,000

Bluffton; 24; 4,100

Bolivar; 25; 1,000

Bowling Green; 37; 31,246

Bratenahl; 8; 1,128

Brecksville; 23; 13,656

Bremen; 10; 1,425

Broadview Heights; 26; 19,000

Brooklyn; 33; 11,145

Brooklyn Heights; 9; 1,595

Bryan; 28; 8,500

Burton; 23; 1,450

Cambridge; 37; 10,000

Canal Winchester; 24; 7,500

Canfield; 36; 7,515

Canton; 3; 71,895

Cardington; 35; 2,047

Centerville; 31; 23,974

Chagrin Falls; 32; 4,113

Chardon; 33; 5,148

Chillicothe; 22; 22,000

Cincinnati; 36; 296,943

City of Groveport; 24; 5,400

City Of Mayfield Heights; 1; 18,840

City Of Vandalia; 3; 15,246

Cleveland; 37; 390,000

Cleveland Heights; 39; 46,121

Clyde; 33; 6,312

Coldwater; 15; 4,425

Columbia Township; 9; 4,600

Columbus; 38; 850,106

Coshocton; 2; 11,107

Crestline; 5; 4,630

Creston; 22; 2,171

Cridersville; 21; 1,860

Cuyahoga Falls; 30; 50,000

Dayton; 26; 141,000

Defiance; 23; 17,000

Delaware; 36; 36,450

Dover; 36; 12,826

Doylestown; 33; 3,051

Dublin; 29; 44,300

East Palestine; 13; 4,721

Edgerton; 26; 2,200

Elmore; 24; 1,410

Elyria; 25; 53,000

Euclid; 27; 48,139

Fairfield; 22; 42,510

Fairport Harbor; 20; 3,109

Fairview Park; 25; 16,826

Findlay; 35; 41,149

Forest Park; 27; 18,720

Fort Recovery; 8; 1,430

Fostoria; 35; 13,400

Fredericktown; 30; 2,493

Fremont; 32; 16,734

Gahanna; 28; 34,000

Gambier; 10; 2,391

Geneva; 9; 6,215

Georgetown; 1; 4,331

Gibsonburg; 22; 2,506

Glendale; 21; 2,155

Grandview Heights; 33; 6,800

Granville; 26; 3,652

Greenfield; 3; 4,639

Greenhills; 32; 3,846

Grove City; 24; 38,519

Hamilton; 13; 62,258

Harrison; 2; 10,292

Harveysburg; 1; 551

Hilliard; 36; 33,649

Holgate; 25; 1,150

Hudson; 37; 22,474

Independence; 16; 7,142

Jackson; 28; 6,397

Kent; 32; 28,904

Kenton; 19; 8,300

Kettering; 34; 54,000

Lakeside; 6; 5,000

Lakewood; 40; 52,131

Lancaster; 36; 38,000

Larue; 24; 729

Lebanon; 26; 20,100

Leetonia; 26; 1,959

Leipsic; 36; 2,093

Lexington; 32; 4,700

Lima; 29; 37,500

Lindsey; 20; 450

Lisbon; 36; 2,821

Lockland; 30; 3,449

Logan; 10; 7,180

London; 31; 9,904

Loudonville; 27; 2,630

Louisville; 32; 9,100

Macedonia; 11; 11,579

Mansfield; 22; 47,821

Mantua; 22; 1,043

Mariemont; 26; 3,403

Marietta; 38; 14,053

Marysville; 25; 22,396

Mason; 18; 32,000

Maumee; 25; 14,286

Medina; 35; 26,500

Mentor; 29; 47,159

Miamisburg; 19; 20,000

Middleburg Heights; 21; 16,000

Middletown; 10; 48,791

Milan; 14; 1,600

Milford; 12; 6,709

Millersburg; 2; 3,025

Minerva; 29; 4,000

Minster; 14; 2,806

Monroeville; 11; 1,400

Montgomery; 21; 10,251

Montpelier; 25; 4,072

Morrow; 4; 1,188

Mount Gilead; 30; 3,680

Mount Vernon; 24; 16,990

Mt. Victory; 6; 625

Napoleon; 22; 8,800

Navarre; 37; 1,957

New Albany; 7; 8,829

New Bremen; 22; 3,063

New Concord; 36; 2,491

New Lexington; 26; 4,717

New Philadelphia; 30; 17,288

New Richmond; 14; 2,612

Newburgh Heights; 19; 2,167

North Baltimore; 22; 3,432

Norton; 5; 12,085

Norwalk; 33; 17,009

Oak Harbor; 28; 2,759

Oakwood; 35; 9,215

Oberlin; 18; 8,286

Olmsted Falls; 30; 10,000

Ontario; 9; 6,300

Oregon; 23; 18,900

Orrville; 37; 8,380

Ottawa; 14; 4,460

Oxford; 21; 21,371

Parma Heights; 27; 20,718

Pemberville; 29; 1,367

Pepper Pike; 17; 6,149

Perrysburg; 33; 25,000

Pickerington; 24; 19,408

Piqua; 22; 20,500

Port Clinton; 28; 6,036

Portsmouth; 24; 20,226

Powell; 19; 13,500

Prospect; 10; 1,100

Put-In-Bay; 8; 128

Ravenna; 21; 11,619

Richfield; 22; 3,662

Richmond Heights; 19; 10,545

Ripley; 11; 1,700

Rockford; 28; 1,120

Rocky River; 33; 20,213

Rossford; 20; 6,293

Salem; 34; 12,303

Sandusky; 27; 25,000

Shaker Heights; 32; 28,488

Shelby; 34; 9,317

Sidney; 28; 20,211

Silver Lake; 23; 2,519

Silverton; 10; 4,788

Solon; 37; 25,000

South Euclid; 21; 21,869

Spring Valley; 1; 538

Springboro; 21; 18,213

Springdale; 25; 11,223

Springfield; 41; 60,000

St Clairsville; 18; 5,184

St Marys; 27; 8,332

Stow; 37; 34,837

Strongsville; 22; 44,750

Sugarcreek; 36; 2,220

Sunbury; 9; 5,150

Swanton; 3; 3,600

Sylvania; 35; 19,000

Terrace Park; 32; 2,200

Tiffin; 36; 17,832

Tipp City; 33; 10,000

Toledo; 37; 282,300

Troy; 31; 25,000

Twinsburg Township; 8; 2,153

University Heights; 39; 13,540

Upper Arlington; 27; 33,771

Upper Sandusky; 29; 6,700

Urbana; 15; 11,793

Vermilion; 5; 10,594

Village of Mayfield; 1; 3,460

Village of Versailles; 19; 2,687

Wadsworth; 35; 21,567

Wapakoneta; 30; 9,474

Washington Court House; 29; 14,192

Waterville; 21; 5,562

Wauseon; 24; 7,500

Wayne; 11; 852

Wellington; 30; 4,511

Wellsville; 11; 3,300

West Carrollton; 28; 12,980

West Salem; 32; 1,401

West Unity; 31; 1,656

Westerville; 41; 37,000

Westlake; 26; 32,729

Whitehouse; 10; 4,800

Wickliffe; 37; 12,500

Willard; 37; 6,218

Williamsburg; 12; 2,490

Willoughby; 34; 28,280

Woodlawn; 6; 3,294

Woodville; 26; 2,135

Wooster; 41; 26,540

Worthington; 28; 15,000

Wright-Patterson AFB; 20; 27,000

Wyoming; 23; 8,900

Youngstown; 10; 65,083

Youngstown ARS; 23; 550

Zanesville; 20; 25,435

Zoar; 22; 169

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