Urban Forestry City trees enhance and provide benefits to the environment physically, aesthetically, and economically.
- An urban forest helps to improve the urban environment through absorption and/or retention of air pollutants, reduction, and absorption of heat and noise, reduction of wind velocity and reduction of storm water run-off, erosion and the subsequent sedimentation of drainage channels and stream-bottom ecosystems.
- Trees aid in the reduction of stress that individuals may experience in an urban setting.
- Tree cover provides shading, shelter, protective pathways for movement and food sources for wildlife.
- Many of the factors listed also have economic affects as well. Reduction of energy costs through shading and heat absorption, the costs associated with erosional repair and flood damage, the potential increase in property values, and the value of the street trees themselves.
A 1996 tree inventory and management report of the City’s urban forest estimated that the appraised value for all public trees at that time was approximately $2,890,000.
Tree City USA
The City of Oxford has been recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation since 1996. As a state, Ohio leads the nation for the number of communities named by the Foundation as a Tree City USA, with over 230 communities as Tree City USA designees.
To be considered by the Foundation, a community must satisfy four standards
- A tree board or department
- A community Tree Ordinance
- An Urban Forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita
- An Arbor Day Observance.
Additional Urban Forestry Information
If there are any questions regarding Oxford’s Urban Forestry program, contact Environmental Specialist David Treleaven.