Tree Cities of the World
The Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has named Westerville to its first-ever class of "Tree Cities of the World."
Based on the Arbor Foundation's Tree City USA designation (which the City has received 44 years and counting), the international recognition is given to communities that meet five core standards. According to the organization's website, these standards are:
- Establish Responsibility: Have a written statement by city leaders delegating responsibility for the care of trees within the municipal boundary to a staff member, a city department, or a group of citizens.
- Set the Rules: Have an official policy that governs the management of forests and trees.
- Know What You Have: Maintain an updated inventory or assessment of the local tree resource for long-term planning.
- Allocate the Budget: Have a dedicated annual budget for the routine implementation of the tree management plan.
- Celebrate Achievements: Hold at least one annual celebration of trees to raise awareness.
The City's Urban Forestry experts work diligently to maintain nearly 15,000 street trees, in addition to all park and other public trees in Westerville.
Read about the environmental, economic and social benefits of a healthy tree canopy at www.westerville.org/urbanforestry.