The Toledo Urban Forestry Commission was created by City Ordinance on March 13, 1990. It is a volunteer board whose members are appointed by the Mayor of the City of Toledo. The Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the City's Forestry Operation and as an advocate for our urban forest.
Proceeds from mulch sales from the woodlot operated by the City of Toledo Forestry Operation are deposited into a trust account managed by the City of Toledo. The Commission recommends expenditures from this trust that support the Forestry Operation, programming, educational opportunities, grants and Tree City events such as Arbor Day.
Tree City USA Program
Tree City USA program has been greening up cities and towns across America since 1976. It is a nationwide movement providing the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their urban trees.
The Urban Forestry Commission has been active in the City of Toledo's efforts to become and maintain our Tree City designation. Toledo first became a Tree City in 1979.
More than 3,400 communities have joined Toledo in this commitment. To yearly earn this designation, four core standards of urban forestry standards must be met: maintain a tree board or department; have a community tree ordinance; spend at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrate Arbor Day.
Benefits of Trees:
- Trees enhance economic stability by attracting businesses; people linger and shop longer when trees are present.
- Where a canopy of trees exists, apartments and offices rent more quickly and have a higher occupancy rate; workers report more productivity and less absenteeism.
- Trees provide inviting and cool areas for recreation and relaxation such as playgrounds and parks.
- Trees create a tapestry of color and interesting form that changes throughout the year.
- The color green is calming and relieves eye strain.
- Trees screen unattractive views and soften the harsh outline of masonry, metal, asphalt, steel and glass.
- People walk and jog more on shaded streets, which encourages interaction with neighbors and improves the sense of community.
- Trees absorb and block sound, reducing noise pollution by as much as 40 percent.