Perrysburg celebrates 40th year as a Tree City USA


PERRYSBURG — The City of Perrysburg is celebrating the 40th year of being named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. The City also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for the 26th year for demonstrating environmental improvement and an outstanding level of tree care.

Perrysburg achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: maintaining a tree board or department, having a tree care ordinance, dedicating an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and hosting an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

An Arbor Day celebration will be held April 26, at 2 p.m. at Municipal Park, 915 Elm St. Each year, students in the Perrysburg School District and St. Rose School create designs for Arbor Day. The winners will be recognized at this celebration. Their designs will be turned into banners and hung on the light posts in Downtown Perrysburg.

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.

“Tree City USA communities see the positive effects of an urban forest firsthand,” said Dan Lambe, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The trees being planted and cared for by Perrysburg are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy to a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program brings residents together and creates a sense of civic pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”

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