HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - Hamilton, Ohio, has been recognized as a Tree City USA community for the 12th consecutive year by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
Hamilton received this award in honor of its commitment to urban forest management.
The awards were presented to Tree City USA communities in this region by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Division of Forestry on April 22.
Hamilton received Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements:
- A tree-care ordinance;
- An active tree board, forestry professional or city department responsible for the care of trees in the community;
- A comprehensive urban forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita; and
- An annual Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
Ohio currently boasts the greatest number of Tree Cities in the country with a total of 241 Tree City USA communities this past year, according to a release..
This marks Ohio's 35th year as the top Tree City USA state, according to the ODNR Division of Forestry.