TREE CITY USA COMMUNITY
Since the spring of 1985, Perrysburg, Ohio has officially been designated a Tree City USA, confirming what residents have long known - that our tree-lined streets are a valuable aspect of Perrysburg’s well-known quality of life. The Tree City USA program, administered by the National Arbor Day Foundation with support from the USDA Forest Service and state forestry programs, recognizes communities that implement four basic standards necessary to a comprehensive community tree care program. Perrysburg has met these standards each year since 1985.
TREE CITY USA STANDARDS
- Observe Arbor Day locally with a program in the spring of each year and declaring an official proclamation
- Adoption of a Street Tree Ordinance in 1973, legally protecting trees in the public rights-of-way
- Spend $2 annually for every citizen of Perrysburg on our Community Forestry Program
- Establishment of the Perrysburg Street Tree Commission in 1973 to develop and administer the forestry program
STREET TREE COMMISSION
The Street Tree Commission was established in conjunction with the Ordinance 1024 of the City of Perrysburg Codified Ordinances, for the purpose of advising the City Council and the Mayor on any program or legislation regarding plants in public ways. The eight members of the Commission include the Director of Public Service, the Operations Manager of Public Service, the Planning and Zoning Administrator and five citizen members, one of which is a certified/licensed arborist appointed by the Mayor. The Commission is charged with the education of the public regarding the selection, planting and care of trees.
In 2020, the comprehensive inventory of Perrysburg’s existing street trees was updated, including species, size, and maintenance requirements. The Operations Manager of Public Service uses this inventory to care for existing trees. The total value of the Perrysburg street tree population is estimated at over $8 million.
STREET TREE ORDINANCE
Perrysburg’s Street Tree Ordinance established the authority of the Operations Manager of the Department of Public Service, who is under the supervision of the Director of Public Service, to plant, trim, spray, and remove trees in public places. The Operations Manager’s authority also extends to the pruning of any limbs overhanging public property. The ordinance requires a written permit to plant a tree in the public right-of-way.
The ordinance further protects trees in public places by prohibiting the pouring of deleterious substances upon the soil surrounding trees, prohibiting the stacking of materials around the base of trees, and protecting trees during any construction occurring nearby. Approval for City street tree removal must be obtained from the Street Tree Commission.
The final provision of the Street Tree Ordinance requires that all construction include the planting of street trees. Prior to a zoning permit being granted, all tree permit funds are collected and then the Street Tree Commission develops the street tree plans.
PERMITS FOR PLANTING TREES IN THE PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY
A permit is required for planting trees in the public right-of-way. Planting permits can be found here or by calling the Planning and Zoning Office at 419-872-8060.
BENEFITS OF STREET TREES
Street Trees are a great investment and bring a lot of benefits to communities. Generally, trees help:
- Moderate temperatures
- Increase energy savings
- Reduce air pollution
- Aid in stormwater management
- Boost real estate occupancy rates
- Reduce stress
- Strengthen communities