Portsmouth was named a 2016 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management and has received the designation for 24 years.
Started in 1976, the Tree City USA program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters is celebrating its 41st Anniversary this year.
Portsmouth achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,”, said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”
Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling cost, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.
The Portsmouth Shade Tree Commission along with the Scioto County Soil and Water Conservation District have teamed up again this year to have a Tree City Celebration in honor of Arbor Day on April 29th at Tracy Park from 12:00 – 3:00.
12:00 – 12:30 – Proclamation and PES Choir performance
12:30 – 1:30 – Drum Circle Performance continues
1:30 – 2:00 – Cirque D’Art Performance
2:00 – 3:00 – Steve Free Performance
They will be giving away 125 trees as well as information on Urban Forestry. There will be Farmers Market vendors, The City of Portsmouth is providing the Touch a Truck program (city trucks and what their function is: Fire, Wastewater, Filtration, and Service), The Portsmouth Health Department, The Portsmouth Municipal Court (will be passing information out regarding Portsmouth Cleanup Day set for June 3rd), Scioto County Soil and Water Conservation District, Woodsy the Owl will make an appearance (Shawnee Forest), Happy Pot (Ceramics), Portsmouth Public Library (kids activity),
Goodwill (they will have a truck and will be taking donations of clothing), Friends of Scioto County Brush Creek – “Fishing for facts” teaching about why trees are important for watershed wildlife
Arc of Appalachia, Wayne National Forest ATV safety (little mini ATV’s), Millie’s Coop with their food truck, Save our Shawnee Forest wood cut-out photo booth, BBL Cedar Works, The New Earth Nursery
Glockner’s (Eco friendly vehicle), Slocum Garden Club, Green Triangle Garden Club, Scioto County Head Start (Children’s activities), Red Cross, Connex (information on bike paths), Keep Wayne Wild
Save our Shawnee Forest, Shawnee State University (tree seedlings), Boy Scout Troup (Recycling and Selling soda), Scioto Trail Animal Clinic, Chamber of Commerce, Farmer’s Market vendors
Heather DeAtley (Breads & Goodies), Hayley B. Cakery (Sweets), Way Farms (Assortment). Hurricane Run Farm, Rocky Acre Family Farm (Soaps, sweets & crafts), Charlotte Gordan (pottery),
Linda Switzer (Painted Eggs) and Miss Notre Dame will also be there to help out with anyone needing help.