Medina named a ‘Tree City’ for 11th straight year by Arbor Day Foundation

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 March 2022 at 9:31 am

Village DPW planting 50 more trees this spring

File photo by Tom Rivers: Medina DPW workers on April 26, 2019 planted a new tree at State Street Park for Arbor Day.

MEDINA — The Village of Medina has been named a “Tree City USA” for the 11th straight year. The Arbor Day Foundation announced the recognition for Medina due to its commitment to an planting trees and an effective urban forest management.

Mayor Mike Sidari read the letter at Monday’s Village Board meeting from the Arbor Day Foundation, recognizing the village again.

Medina has planted more than a 1,000 trees in the past two decades and will be adding 50 more to the landscape this spring.

Medina meets the Tree City USA criteria with four requirements: a Tree Board or department; a tree care ordinance; and annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita; and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Medina has a Tree Board and also has formed a “Releaf Society” to raise money to plant new trees to replace some of the old ones, especially at Boxwood Cemetery. The Tree Board helps to decides what kind and where trees can be planted and which need to be trimmed or cut down.