Tuesday, May 23, 2000

Mason named a Tree City USA

By Kevin Aldridge
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MASON — Mason has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. It is the first year the city has received this national recognition.

        Mason, Ohio's second-fastest-growing city, now shares the leafy designation with the Warren County communities of Lebanon, Springboro and Waynesville — each of which has been a Tree City USA in the past.

        “Warren County is known for trees and has a heritage of being a rural county,” said Mason Mayor John McCurley. “This honor validates our efforts to maintain a rural and natural look for our city despite all the rapid growth we've had here.”

        Diane Clasen is chairwoman of Mason's 10-member tree committee, which set out a year ago to earn the designation.

        Tree City USA began as a 1976 Bicentennial project co-sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Forest Service.

        To become a Tree City USA, a community must meet four standards: a tree board, a community tree ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

        Communities receiving Tree City USA status receive walnut plaques.


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