Tree committee members graduate from academy

May 10, 2014

XENIA — Three members of Xenia’s Tree Committee were recognized along with five other Tree Commissioners from Yellow Springs and Wilmington recently at a ceremony in Wilmington for their completion of the formal training provided by the Division of Forestry.

“We believe that well-trained tree commission members will be happier and enjoy their position more when they know what to do and why they are doing it. Communities should experience lower turnover, higher meeting attendance, greater commitment, and more productivity from tree commissioners who have successfully completed Tree Commission Academy,” said Wendi Van Buren, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Urban Forester who coordinates the program.

The Tree Commission Academy is designed to train and educate community volunteers about the management of their resources involving urban forestry along community streets, within parks, and on public grounds. ODNR and the Ohio Division of Forestry stresses the importance of urban forests being managed by dedicated and knowledgeable members so communities can enjoy and sustain the benefits of trees.

The City of Xenia Board for Recreation, Arts and Cultural Activities created the subcommittee known as the Tree Committee. The Tree Committee was formed in 2011 in an effort to bring like-minded volunteers together to create and facilitate a plan for development, conservation and care of Xenia’s urban forest resources, as well as to promote and raise awareness about the importance of trees in the community.

The committee meets regularly on the first Monday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Xenia Public Service Center, 966 Towler Road, Xenia. The meetings are open to the public.

Several goals for the group include the following: Holding an Arbor Day event each year, participating in community events, establishing and maintaining a tree inventory to include a tree labeling project and having the City of Xenia designated as a “Tree City USA.”

The Tree Committee is supported by The Ohio State University Extension Office-Greene County Master Gardeners, Greene Soil and Water Conservation District, Greene County Parks & Trails, Five Rivers MetroParks, as well as area residents with a vested interest and extensive knowledge of trees.

For more information about the brochure or the City of Xenia Tree Committee, call 937-376-7232 or log on www.ci.xenia.oh.us.