Stow branches out with its fondness for trees

April 18, 2013 by  

For the 33rd year in a row, the National Arbor Day Foundation has named Stow, Ohio, a Tree City USA.

To win this distinction, a city has to meet four standards: Firstly, it must select a group known as a ‘tree board’, which is given the responsibility of caring for all the community’s trees. Secondly, the community must pass an ordinance to care for the trees. Thirdly, the community has to develop a comprehensive and active forestry program. Finally, the city has to host a celebration of Arbor Day.

Stow officials say they are happy to meet these requirements, because they are very proud of their commitment to the city’s forests. Stow has an Urban Forestry Department that has only one mission: to keep the city’s trees healthy. This dedication is the reason the Foundation has named Stow a Tree City once again. There will be an award ceremony in recognition of this distinction in Shaker Heights on May 14.

Sue Mottl, a Landscape Arborist, noted that the Urban Forestry Department is very grateful to receive the award, since meeting the requirements is important to everyone there. The mission of the Urban Forestry Department is to actively manage the urban forests so that the public will derive aesthetic, environmental, and economic benefits from them, today and in the future.

The city could work with banner printing experts to create items to string between the trees to announce the award. They would be a fun and festive way to celebrate the city’s love of its trees.