The City of Canfield is continuing its designation as a Tree City.
On April 22, representatives of the city's Parks Recreation, and Cemetery Board attended the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Region Six Tree City program in the host city of Cambridge and received a flag and stickers for the signage at the entrances to the city.
The event was a day-long session that included guest speakers on tree topics as well as a tour of Cambridge to showcase their tree program. Cambridge is in its 34th year as a Tree City.
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Ohio Department of Natural Resources state urban forestry coordinator Tyler Stevenson hands this year's Tree City package to City of Canfield Parks Recreation and Cemetery Board member Bob Minkler. Canfield celebrated its 33rd consecutive year as an Ohio Tree City.
The first Tree City, Wooster, was honored in 1976 and is in its 38th year. The second class of cities was made in 1980 when Cambridge, Navarre and Orville joined the ranks. Canfield was part of the Class of 1981, which also includes the city of Dover, Lisbon, and Sugarcreek. Since that year, there have been 16 additional inductions with the latest being in 2007 when Youngstown was named a Tree City.
Region Six includes the counties of Ashland, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Mahoning, Stark, Tuscarawas, and Wayne. In 2009 the ODNR opened a second category for Tree Campus USA and the first two recipients of the honors went to Kent State University's Stark Campus and to Youngstown State University.
To become a tree city, requirements include having a tree maintenance program such as leaf and brush pick-up, maintenance of street trees and holding an annual Arbor Day program. It also requires spending a certain amount per capita for the tree programs. Canfield has constantly met all those requirements each year and park board members like Bob Minkler and former board member Nancy Brundage have handled the mountain of paperwork required each year.
Being a Tree City is an important issue for Canfield and one that city manager Joe Warino said has a purpose.
''It's very important for the character and history of Canfield and to maintain a residential atmosphere,'' Warino said. ''Canfield is a great place to live, relax and play.''
As for the new Tree City flag, Minkler will be presenting it at a future city council meetings along with the stickers for the Tree City signs on U.S. 224 and state Route 46 leading into town.