Shelly Moore from the Bellefontaine Shade Tree Commission explained what an urban forest is and why urban trees matter during Thursday’s Bellefontaine Kiwanis Club meeting at Café 212.
She said community trees are critical to a city’s livelihood, as trees provide clean air and water, cooling power, save energy, protect watersheds, reduce noise and add beauty. Not only do trees absorb carbon dioxide, but their production of oxygen is enormous, with one acre of trees producing enough oxygen for 18 people, the speaker noted.
The Bellefontaine Shade Tree Commission was established in 1975, and the group consists of volunteers, community leaders and concerned citizens who care about their urban community forest.
Members work closely with city officials and the Division of Forestry. The roles and responsibilities of the group include working as consultants and advisers on planting trees, assisting with where trees need to be planted, along with maintenance needs of pruning and removing trees.
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