Monthly Meeting Details:
The Chillicothe Tree Commission meets the third Tuesday of every month at 5:00 PM in the first floor conference room (#15) of the City Administration Building at 35 South Paint Street. The meeting is open to the public.
Tree Commission MembersReLeaf:The City of Chillicothe and the Chillicothe Tree Commission are happy to announce the return of the annual ReLeaf program. 20 trees will be awarded (10 Serviceberry and 10 Redbud) to City residents. Please fill out the application below and return it to Mayor Feeney’s office by mail (35 S. Paint St.) or by e-mail (email@example.com). The first 20 applicants that have the form completed and delivered will be awarded a tree. The applicants' planting site may be inspected by the Chillicothe Tree Commission for final approval. Please call Mayor Feeney’s office at 740.774.1185 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Mission StatementThe shade trees of Chillicothe are a valuable part of Chillicothe's heritage and history. The mission of the Chillicothe Shade Tree Commission is to maintain and improve the community forest of the city through the sharing of expertise, guidance and recommendations to the city administration and property owners for the protection of healthy trees, planned pruning, tree risk assessment, and planting in public right-of-ways and open spaces. In addition, the commission works to educate the public about the services that trees provide. This commitment to planting, protecting and maintaining public trees represents a long-term investment in the beauty, biodiversity and historic character of Chillicothe.
Saving Our Community ForestChillicothe's community forest is one of Ross County's greatest assets. The trees are no longer viewed as something pretty or in the way. Trees have become an imperative and effective tool to combat many local and global problems. Trees clean the air, conserve energy in buildings, they sequester carbon, absorb flood water, moderate climate extremes, muffle noise, reduce crime and all the while add color and character to Chillicothe's residential and commercial areas, and yet they are thoughtlessly removed every day.
The trees that line our streets serve many important functions including cleaning the air we breathe, shading our streets, cooling our homes, slowing storm water run-off and adding to property values among other benefits. Yet, this valuable asset is in decline. Faced with the steady loss of an aging tree population, and limited planting opportunities, we face a sizable challenge to ensure that the natural heritage of Chillicothe is maintained for future generations.
Every Tree Makes a Difference
- A single tree can sequester 1,200 pounds of carbon dioxide in a 50-year lifespan.
- Shade from the same tree will reduce solar radiation by 90%, making it equivalent to 10 room-size air conditioners running 20 hours a day.
- Each tree removes up to 8.4 pounds of air pollutants annually.
- Trees reduce the urban heat island effect by as much as 10 degrees through transpiration of water into the atmosphere.
- Trees improve water quality by slowing run-off and filtering pollutants and suspended solids from rain water.
- Trees and quality landscaping add about 6 - 10% to real estate values
Shade Tree Commission MembersMembers serve under codified ordinance - Chapter 136. Each staggered term is 3 years. There are 9 members. 7 are appointed by the Mayor. An ODNR Urban Forester sits on the commission in an ex officio capacity. The commission is administered by the City Parks Director and City Safety/Service Director.
Additional Info & Links:
Tree and Sidewalks
Tree City USA
Information on the Emerald Ash Borer.
How You Can Help Be a Street Tree's Best Friend
The Chillicothe Shade Tree Commission is often in need of project and program volunteers. If you are part of an organization or just want to help yourself, feel free to reach out via phone or email!