City of Montgomery recognized for Tree City USA achievement

From left, Public Works Supervisor Mike Rogers flanks Greg Guess, deputy chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, as he presents the Tree City USA award to City Council Member Lynda Roesch. Public Works professional Scott Schulte (in back) looks on.

The City of Montgomery was recognized as a Tree City USA on April 26 during the Southwest Ohio Tree City USA awards ceremony hosted by the City of Centerville. This is the twenty-third time the City of Montgomery has been honored with this nationally recognized award and the twentieth time the City will receive the Growth Award.

The title of “Tree City USA” is bestowed upon the Montgomery 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 Beautification and Tree Commission, Montgomery City Council, and staff. A community must meet four standards in order to achieve the title and the honors:

  • A tree ordinance;
  • An active tree commission or forestry department;
  • A comprehensive urban forestry program supported by a minimum of two dollars per capita; and
  • An annual Arbor Day proclamation and public observance.

The State of Ohio currently boasts the highest number of Tree Cities in the country with a total of 249 communities. Southwest Ohio boasts 49 communities that are Tree Cities. For additional information about the Tree City USA program or the Arbor Day Foundation, visit arborday.org

For more information about Montgomery’s tree programs, contact City Arborist Terry Willenbrink at 513-792-8320 or twillenbrink@montgomeryohio.org. Visit this page on the City website for more information.