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Planting Callery Pear Trees Now Forbidden In Ohio

22 Jan , 2023  

By 1812Blockhouse; ODNR

If you had plans to plant pear trees in the near future, you had best heed the latest news from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

If you already have Callery pear trees on your property, however, you can control or remove them. There is at least one Richland County property owner who may have that challenge; there may well be more.

According to ODNR, it is now illegal to sell, grow, or plant Callery pear (also known as Bradford pear) in Ohio because of its invasive qualities and likelihood to cause economic or environmental harm.  There is no requirement for the removal of existing plants, but the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry encourages control and removal to benefit native forest ecosystems.

This action has been phased in over some time.

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Vibrant Fall Colors Across Ohio With Near Peak Conditions

14 Oct , 2022  

By the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

ODNR has released its Fall Color Update Number 3.

Ohio is seeing dramatic changes with bursts of reds, yellows, and oranges in the treetops over the last week. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is seeing near peak colors in parts of the Buckeye State.

“Many trees are now showing their true colors as the chlorophyll exits their leaves,” said ODNR Fall Color Forester David Parrott. “It seems like fall color has come quickly this past week and the majority of the state now seeing Near Peak conditions. Sugar maples, red maples, dogwoods, and sumacs are in full display right now.”

Those looking to avoid the fall color crowds can check out one of Ohio’s 24 state forests, hidden gems that stand on more than 200,000 acres of land. The forests can provide family fun through hiking, fishing, and camping – where permitted.

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Fall Color Update Number Two

7 Oct , 2022  

From ODNR

 As we begin October, fall color in the Buckeye State is starting to transform our tree canopies with hints of fall color across Ohio. Cooler weather is ushering in the changing conditions dominating most of the state’s foliage according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

“Right now, we are beginning to see lots of fall colors along roadways and in urban areas,” said ODNR Fall Color Forester David Parrott. “Dogwoods are showing deep purples while black gums are presenting shades of red. Brilliant yellows can be seen in various sugar maples and sycamores as well.”

Looking for a new way to view fall colors? Experience it with a horseback ride in one of our state parks or forests. Ohio is home to nearly 800 miles of bridle trails and numerous bridle camps — making our state a premier location to go riding. Many of these trails have been improved and are maintained through partnerships with local horsemen’s organizations. Don’t forget that some bridle trails are also multi-use trails, so be on the lookout for hikers or mountain bikers!

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ODNR, Local Girl Scouts Team Up To Plant Trees

29 Sep , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is joining forces with Girl Scout Councils of Black Diamond, North East Ohio, Ohio’s Heartland, and Western Ohio to support the Girl Scout Tree Promise. ODNR has committed to providing resources for Girl Scouts to plant 250,000 trees in Ohio by 2026.

Richland County lies in the Ohio’s Heartland Girl Scout Council area, which stretches from Adams County on the Ohio River to north central Ohio.

“Trees provide tremendous benefits to our environment and wildlife, and I truly believe Girl Scouts are making a lasting impact through the Girl Scout Tree Promise,” Director Mary Mertz said.  “As a former Girl Scout leader, I’m excited to partner with this organization to lift girls up and open their eyes to some of the amazing careers in conservation.”

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Shelby Named Tree City USA For 38th Consecutive Year

8 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s hard to imagine getting through a hot, humid Ohio summer without the benefit of a wonderful shade tree — and our state has its fair share of them!

Across the country, and Ohio, some cities make the effort to capitalize on these unique natural assets through the Tree City USA program. According to its website, the initiative has been greening up cities and towns across America since 1976. It is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees.

More than 3,400 communities have become a Tree City USA by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.

This week, the City of Shelby received news that it had been recognized as a Tree City USA for the 38th consecutive year (see below). More…

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Ohio Edison Starts $22 Million Tree Trimming Effort

10 Apr , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Ohio Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., is conducting tree trimming and other vegetation management work in communities across its 34-county service area in Ohio to help enhance service reliability for customers. This year’s $22 million tree-trimming program will help keep power flowing to customers around the clock by preventing tree-related outages, such as those that can occur during the spring and summer storm season.

That work will take place in several Richland County and area communities.

On the ground, contractors have trimmed trees along nearly 1,200 miles of electric lines across the Ohio Edison service area. More…

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Mansfield Announces Heritage Tree Designations

22 Nov , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

In a news release on the City of Mansfield website, it was announced this week that two trees have been designated with Heritage Tree status by the City’s Shade Tree Commission.

The City of Mansfield Heritage Tree Program, launched in 2019, is based upon the “National Big Trees” program recognizing Heritage Trees of each species within the City of Mansfield Corporation limits.

The city received ten (10) nominations, which were initially visited by the Shade Tree Commission and then forwarded onto a volunteer who utilizing a “Biltmore stick”, provided accurate measurements and a thorough evaluation of the tree which was nominated. The Commission members at their June 2020 meeting approved the trees to be officially recorded as Heritage Trees
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Shade Tree Commission Heritage Tree Program Winners Announced

14 Aug , 2020  

Mayor Tim Theaker has announced that the City of Mansfield Shade Tree Commission has designated two (2) trees for Heritage Tree Status.

The City of Mansfield Heritage Tree Program, launched in 2019, is based upon the “National Big Trees” program recognizing Heritage Trees of each species within the City of Mansfield Corporation limits.

The city received ten (10) nominations, which were initially visited by the Shade Tree Commission and then forwarded onto a volunteer who utilizing a “Biltmore stick”, provided accurate measurements and a thorough evaluation of the tree which was nominated. The Commission members at their June 2020 meeting approved the trees to be officially recorded as Heritage Trees and will make bi-annual awards. More…

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Shade Tree Commission Hosting Educational Meeting, Speakers

1 Oct , 2018  

The City of Mansfield Shade Tree Commission has announced that it is hosting an Educational Public meeting on Thursday, October 4, at 6:30 PM at the North Lake Park Pavilion.

In their ongoing commitment to providing service and educational opportunities to the residents of Mansfield, the members of the Shade Tree Commission are pleased to offer this free educational session. More…

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Keep On The Lookout For And Report Instances Of Beech Leaf Disease

21 Aug , 2018  

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) urges Ohioans to identify and report signs of beech leaf disease to minimize risk of disease spread.

Beech leaf disease (BLD) is a newly observed disease affecting American and possibly non-native beech trees. BLD was first discovered in Lake County in 2012 and has quickly spread across northeastern Ohio. Infestations have been found in nine Ohio counties and parts of New York, Pennsylvania, and Ontario, Canada. More…

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