The Portsmouth Shade Tree Commission and Shawnee State University (SSU) have partnered in hosting the Annual Southeast Tree City USA Awards presentation which will be held on April 12 at SSU in the Morris University Center’s Sodexo Ballroom from 9:30 – 3:00. The City of Portsmouth will be celebrating its 25th year as a Tree City USA Community, and SSU will be awarded the Tree Campus USA award.
This will be the first year that the Portsmouth Shade Tree Commission has hosted the event and they plan on making it a special event for their 25th year. The morning will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a meet and greet with coffee, juice and breakfast refreshments. At 10 City of Portsmouth’s Acting Mayor Kevin E. Johnson and SSU President Rick Kurtz will open the program. Access Scioto County will be giving a tour of the Murals along the floodwall and after Debbie Gambill and Friends of Greenlawn Cemetery will treat us with a short reenactment and Ann Bonner of ODNR will present awards to various communities and campuses. After the awards, there will be a planting of the Arbor Day tree and Shawnee State will be providing a tour of their greenhouse and Debbie Gambill will be providing a look at the recently renovated Chapel in Greenlawn Cemetery.
The Tree City USA program has been greening up cities and towns across America since 1976. More than 3,400 communities have made the commitment to becoming a Tree City USA. They have achieved Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.
The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservations. SSU met five of the core standards required by the organization, including the establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for the campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and sponsorship of student service-learning projects.
If you would like to volunteer or are interested in becoming part of the Shade Tree Commission, they meet at Port City Pub the first Wednesday each month at noon.