Ohio is celebrating its continued streak of being the No. 1 state when it comes to tree care efforts, according to one national program. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow talks to natural resource officials about the importance of this designation.
Last year Ohioans planted more than 32,000 trees. Thanks to that effort the state was named the nation’s leader in Tree City USA communities. This designation honors communities that create and carry out tree-care programs.
More than 240 cities, villages and townships are Tree City USA communities.
Eileen Corson, spokesperson for the state natural resources department, says this provides a great incentive for those looking to move their families or businesses to Ohio.
“Half of Ohioans live and work in a Tree City USA community here in Ohio," Corson said. "And it tells the nation that we prioritize cleaner air and water, reduce storm water runoff and increase property value. Those are just some of the important economic and environmental benefits.”
According to Corson, Ohio communities invested more than $43 million towards urban forestry efforts.