FREDERICKTOWN — The Village of Fredericktown was named a 2018 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. It is the 33rd consecutive year that the village has been selected for the distinction.

The village accomplished several things to earn the achievement in 2018.

Last spring, Mayor Jerry Day and the village council partnered with the Fredericktown High School FFA chapter, led by Debra Burden, in carrying out its annual Arbor Day event on April 26. The event consisted of planting 15 red maple trees on the east side of North Main Street from Tuttle Avenue to the corporation limit.

Lifelong resident Dick Carter headed up the project as Councilmen Gordon Frazier, Rick Lanuzza, Bill Van Nostrand and Mayor Day joined the FFA students in planting the trees.

The Service Department also determined that red maple trees would be ideal for planting on the slope between the old Ritchey’s parking lot and the Owl Creek Trail and 13 were planted in April of 2018. The trees are intended for beautification and for erosion control on the steep 30-degree slope.

Fredericktown further achieved the recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: A tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, 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.”

Arbor Day is on April 26.

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