New Bremen was recently recognized as a Tree City USA.  The Northwest Ohio awards ceremony was hosted by the City of Toledo and their Urban Forestry Commission.  This is the 20th year that the community of New Bremen 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 at the Toledo Zoo. The title of "Tree City USA" was bestowed upon our community 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 Tree Commission and the municipal government.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Foresty acts as a guiding hand in helping a community to become qualified as a Tree City USA.  The Urban Forester recommends a community to the Arbor Day Foundation for this standing.  In order to achieve the title and the honors, a community must meet four standards:  a Tree Ordinance; an active Tree Commission or forestry department; a comprehensive urban forestry program supported by a minimum of two dollars per capita; and an annual Arbor Day proclamation and public observance. 

The state of Ohio currently boasts the greatest number of Tree Cities in the country with a grand total of 250 for this past year.  This marks Ohio's 34th year as the top Tree City USA state, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' (ODNR) Division of Forestry.  56 of Northwest Ohio's communities are Tree Cities. 

If you are interested in serving on the Tree Commission for the Village of New Bremen, contact Parks superintendent, Mike Hibner via phone at (419) 629-3563 or email.

source:Tree City USA information provided by ODNR press release details