Wapakoneta Tree Commission
Celia Risner - Citizen
Jim Kohler - Citizen
Blaine Kohler - Citizen
Don Kachelries - Citizen
Dan Graf - City Council
Tom Stinebaugh - Mayor
Levi Cecil - Electric Department
Mary Ruck - Engineering
Phil Valentine - Consultant
Wapakoneta was recognized as a Tree City USA for the 29th year in 2016.
The title of "Tree City USA" was bestowed upon our community by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, for our 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 Forestry 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 this past year of 244. This marks Ohio's 33rd year as the top Tree City USA state, according to the Ohio Dapartment of Natural Resources' (ODNR) Divisions of Forestry. 55 of Norhtwest Ohio's communities are Tree Cities and Ohio Northern University is a Tree Campus USA. All were recognized for their acheivements at the awards ceremony.
For more information about the Tree City program or the Arbor Day Foundation, visit www.arborday.org
The Wapakoneta Tree Commission is a five-member volunteer board appointed by the mayor “to study, investigate, counsel, develop or update annually, and administer, a written plan for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, replanting, removal or disposition of trees and shrubs in parks, along streets and in other public areas,” according to city ordinance. The Tree Commission meets with the state arborist to help plan and manage the urban forest in the City of Wapakoneta. The goal of the Tree Commission is to help educate and beautify our community.
On May 6, 2013, Mayor Metz and Wapakoneta Tree Commission Chairman, Scott Risner, awarded 4 students, Zach Holtzapple, Megan Hayzlett, Ross Kantner, and Jocelyn Campbell, with the Teen Green Award.