Tree Committee


  • 1:30 p.m.
  • The 1st Monday of each month
  • 966 Towler Road
    Xenia, OH 45385
The meetings are open to the public. You are more than welcome to attend, participate, and be a part of the work they do.


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  • Karl Ransome, Chair
  • Nelson King, Vice Chair
    Member of BRACA
  • Nimfa Simpson
    Former Xenia City Planner/Retired
  • Debby Haines
  • Carol Atzbach, Master Gardener
  • Carol Brown, Secretary
    Greene County Master Gardener
  • Gretchen Rives
    Greene County Master Gardener and Marketing Manager for Greene County Parks and Trails
Regular Participants
  • Lee Eltzroth, Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Kim Hupman, Horticulturalist and Master Gardener
  • Bob Moore, Horticulturalist/Arborist
  • Richmond Pearson, Five Rivers Metro Parks
  • Chuck Poore, Certified Arborist
  • Thais Reiff, Greene County Master Gardener and Certified EAB Specialist


  • Wendi Van Buren, ODNR Regional Urban Forester

About the Board

The Board for Recreation, Arts and Cultural Activities has a subcommittee known as the Tree Committee. The Tree Committee was formed in 2011 in an effort to bring like-minded volunteers together to create and facilitate a plan for development, conservation, and care of Xenia’s urban forest resources and to promote and raise awareness about the importance of trees in our community.

Goals for the group include the following:
  • Holding Arbor Day events each year
  • Participating in community events
  • Establishing and maintaining a Tree Inventory to include a tree labeling project to identify tree species at Shawnee Park and along the bike path
  • Having Xenia designated as a “Tree City USA”
The Tree Committee is supported by the Ohio State University Extension Office and the Greene Soil and Water Conservation District, as well as area residents with a vested interest and extensive knowledge of trees.
Emerald Ash Borer
Have you seen an Emerald Ash Borer around your property or on your Ash Tree(s)? If so, then you'll need to read the material (PDF) provided by the Ohio State University Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture pamphlet. Also, a presentation (PDF) was given to Xenia City Council on July 26, 2012, on the effects of the Emerald Ash Borer.
Emerald Ash Borer On a Penny