Bedford Named Tree City USA by Arbor Day Foundation

Bedford, Ohio was given the honor of being named a 2016 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. The naming honored the city’s commitment to managing urban forests.

The Tree City USA program has four requirements, each of which were met by Bedford:

  1. The city has a tree department.
  2. Bedford has a tree-care ordinance.
  3. The city’s budget for community forestry is at least $2 per capita.
  4. Bedford observes Arbor Day annually.

According to Dan Lambe, the President of the Arbor Day Foundation:

“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand. Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”

When planted and maintained correctly, trees bring a number of benefits to a community: They increase property values, visually improve neighborhoods, provide habitat for wildlife, clean the air of pollutants, reduce the costs of cooling homes and buildings, and much more.

To see more information about the Tree City USA program, visit

About the Arbor Day Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit organization with more than a million members. It is dedicated to education and conservation and works to inspire people to plant more trees, to celebrate them and to nurture them. Learn more about the organization at