MILAN The village of Milan was recently certified as a Tree City USA community at an event in Mentor sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
In support of the Tree City USA program of the National Arbor Day Foundation, Mayor Robert C. Bickley has issued a proclamation naming April 27 as Arbor Day in the village of Milan. In celebration, the Village will be planting three trees around the village beginning at 10 a.m. that day starting in along side Groff Funeral Home, 1 S. Main St.
The planting of trees is only a small part of the village's efforts to recognize the beauty and healthful benefits trees provide to mankind. Other efforts by the Village include support of recycling through the operation for all residents use of one of the most utilized recycling centers in Erie County, pruning village owned trees, replacement of unhealthy trees after their removal and on-farm recycling of over 1,400 cubic yards of tree leaves.
In order to be recognized as a Tree City USA, communities must meet four requirements that include: having a designated tree board, forestry professional or city department responsibilities for the care of trees in the community; passing a tree care ordinance, having an active forestry program in place with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita; and proclaiming and hosting an Arbor Day celebration.