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Village of Put-in-Bay Tree Commission Arbor Day 2020

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April 24

Arbor Day 2020



Once again, Put-in-Bay, Ohio, has been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to the goals and principles of the Arbor Day Foundation.

Put-in-Bay achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements:  a tree board, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. This year there will be no public program to honor Arbor Day due the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the National Arbor Day Foundation Recommendations, an Arbor Day celebration is not a requirement to be a Tree City USA for this year due to Covid-19.

  The Council of the Village of Put-in-Bay has allocated funds for Arbor Day expenses.  At a later date, a spicebush (Lindera benzoin) and a ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) shrub will be planted privately at the village Arbor Day site adjacent to the Put-in-Bay Post Office and the village housing. Ninebark is a small tree or shrub native to the islands and can be found on the cliffs here. It is a member of the rose family with exfoliating bark and attractive blooms in the spring followed by persistent seed pods in fall. It is a favorite with native bees. Spicebush is native to Ohio and has aromatic twigs, small greenish-yellow flowers in early spring, and attractive red fruits in fall. Birds and pollinators like spicebush. We will also plant an American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) at the Village Bathing Beach to replace the previously planted thornless honey locust tree lost in the high water. Sycamore is a great choice as it is found naturally in moist areas and along the shore of the islands. Its three colored bark makes it a distinctive large tree for shade. Feel free to plant a tree on your own property on Friday, April 24 in observation of Arbor Day!

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization whose mission is to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. Information is available at arborday.org.

Members of the Village of Put-in-Bay Tree Commission are Lisa Brohl, Kelly Faris, and Kendra Koehler.