Hudson, Ohio was named a 2015 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is the 35th consecutive year Hudson has received this honor. Hudson is one of more than 3,400 Tree City USAs, with a combined population of 140 million.
The community also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and higher level of tree care.
Hudson 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.
This recognition was made possible largely due to the efforts of City Arborist Tom Munn and the City of Hudson Tree Commission.
“We are proud to be recognized as a Tree City USA for the 35th year in a row,” said City Manager Jane Howington. “Our urban forest includes more than 14,000 trees in the public right of way, with thousands more in our parks, green spaces, and private lots. We strive to focus on educating citizens about the benefit of those trees to our environment and the many benefits of a healthy urban canopy.”
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundations. “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 costs, remove air pollutants, and provide wildlife habitat, among other benefits.