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Tree City honors awarded

April 18, 2014

Representing Wapakoneta in receiving the Tree City USA honors are, from left to right, back row: At-Large Councilman Dan Graf, Don Kachelries and Mayor Rodney Metz; front row: Celia Risner and Kristin Doll. (Photo provided)

The City of Wapakoneta was recognized April 9 as a Tree City USA in the Northwest Ohio awards ceremony co-hosted by the City of Kenton, the Village of Mt. Victory, and their Tree Commissions. This is the 27th time our community has been honored  with this  nationally recognized award.

The awards were presented to the Tree City USA communities by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry. The title of “Tree City USA” was bestowed  upon Wapakoneta 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 city’s Tree Commission and the municipal government.

According to Mayor Rodney Metz, Wapakoneta’s Tree Commission began about 30 years ago in 1983. A big part of the commission’s work is working with residents.

“We’ll look for trees that seem to be in trouble,” Metz said, “and invariably the resident will come out we’ll talk about the tree and what we think it needs.”

For a complete story, see the Saturday, April 19, 2014, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.

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