By kalea hall
Canfield has once again received the title of Tree City USA, a designation the city has had for 32 years and counting.
Last month, the Canfield Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Board presented the title with a Tree City USA flag to Mayor William Kay.
“Trees are just so important,” said Mark Eddy, chairman for the board. “[Trees] enrich everything else that is around them.”
For the past 32 years, Canfield has met all qualifications necessary to receive the title as a Tree City through the Arbor Day Foundation. Each year, the board works to meet all four of the qualifications: having a Tree City board, having an ordinance for tree care, providing funding toward the care and growth of trees and having a special Arbor Day observance. For the observance, the city chooses one of the two elementary schools and has a tree-planting ceremony. The children also are taught in the classroom about trees.
“It just enhances the city itself, that is why we take it to the school,” Eddy said.
Eddy said the Arbor Day celebration educates the community and the students “about the importance of trees.” To him, a tree can improve any piece of land. After joining the parks board and hearing about the Tree City USA program, Eddy thought it was necessary to become an International Certified Arboriculture arborist.
“It is certainly very helpful to have someone of that caliber on our board,” said Nancy Brundage, board secretary. “Someone who really knows trees and can determine when they need cut down.”
When Brundage joined the board in 1995, she was given the task of taking over receiving the Tree City USA recognition.
“You drive into Canfield, and you see all of the trees. It is important to be recognized for what we do,” Brundage said.
The national recognition as a Tree City will be posted at each of the six signs leading into the city.
“We hope to go on for a long, long time,” Brundage said.
Canfield and Youngstown are the only cities in the county that are Tree Cities. Kay said the board members are active every year in maintaining the Tree City title, so he was not surprised that they achieved their goal.
“Nancy and her committee do a lot of work,” Kay said. “We take pride in being a Tree City.”