On May 1st, 2017, the Wood County Technical Center will host the 20th Annual Arbor Day Celebration for Parkersburg, West Virginia. The celebration will kick-off at 12:30 p.m. with the planting of the tree by the students of the Agriculture Program at the Wood County Technical Center.
This year, the Parkersburg Tree Commission has asked the students of the Agriculture Program to participate in the annual Big Tree Contest. During the event, the City of Parkersburg will be presented with the Official Tree City USA designation for the 19th year and there will be a special live performance from the Parkersburg South High School Jazz Band.
Parkersburg, WV was named a 2016 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. The City of Parkersburg has been recognized as a Tree City USA Community for the last 19 years.
Parkersburg 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.
“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. “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 many other benefits.