By Nancy Taylor
For the 44th consecutive year, Marietta has earned national recognition for its commitment to planning, planting and maintaining its “urban forest.”
An announcement from the Arbor Day Foundation names Marietta as a 2022 Tree City USA for once again meeting the program’s four requirements: maintaining a tree board or department, having a tree care ordinance, dedicating an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and hosting an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
Marietta’s Arbor Day celebration will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 22 on the lawn of the Armory, along with Earth Day celebrations, according to Marietta Tree Commission secretary Kim Bloss.
“There will be activities and education for the whole family,” she said. “I hope all can join in the celebration in honor of our beautiful City of Marietta.”
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.
“The trees being planted and cared for by Marietta are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program brings residents together and creates a sense of civic pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education,” said Dan Lambe, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation in a press release about the designation.
In related news, Marietta City Council was expected to pass a resolution Thursday night to accept $783 from Marietta Community Foundation’s William McKinley Memorial Tree Fund. Resolution No. 84 (22-23) states the donation is to be used to buy and plant trees in the fall of 2023 within Marietta city limits, under direct supervision of the Public Safety Service Director.
Earlier this year, council approved $300,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds for the city’s tree program, but specified $250,000 be directed to tree trimming and removal and $50,000 be directed to purchase of a stump grinder for the tree commission’s use. The plan is to try to catch up on the very expensive maintenance involved with the bigger trees that require hiring tree services with big equipment, Safety Service Director Steve Wetz has said.
Tree commission co-chair Grady Smith, however, has also pointed out that the price of a single new tree, planting included, can run $250 to $300.
The Marietta Tree Commission meets at 4:15 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the city’s 304 Putnam St. building, in the second-floor conference room.
The meetings are open to the public.
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