The meetings are open to the public. You are more than welcome to attend, participate, and be a part of the work they do.
*A meeting may be rescheduled to another Monday if the regular meeting date falls on an observed holiday.
**The Committee has been meeting via Zoom and has not returned to in-person meetings to date.
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Karl Ransome, Chair Graduate of Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden
Nelson King, Vice Chair Member of BRACA, OSU Extension Greene County Master Gardener (Volunteer), and Graduate of Tree Commission Academy
Debby Haines OSU Extension Greene County Master Gardener (Volunteer)
Clare Thorn CSU Extension Office
Carol Atzbach Former OSU Extension Greene County Master Gardener and Graduate of Tree Commission Academy
Carol Lea Brown, Secretary OSU Extension Greene County Master Gardener (Volunteer) and Graduate of Tree Commission Academy
Gretchen Rives CSU Extension Office
Lee Eltzroth Greene Soil and Water Conservation District
Kim Hupman Horticulture Program Assistant-OSU Extension Greene County and Graduate of Tree Commission Academy
Chuck Poore Certified Arborist and Graduate of Tree Commission Academy
Keith Koch City of Xenia Public Service Supervisor - Facilities and Fleet
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. The Tree Committee volunteers support the City's efforts with regard to trimming and planting streetscape and park trees. They do not support requests for evaluation and/or service for trees located on private property.
Current/ongoing projects include the following:
Holding annual Arbor Day events and participating in other community events
Assisting the City’s Public Service Department with trimming streetscape trees and planting trees on City property including local parks
Establishing and maintaining a City of Xenia Tree Inventory to identify tree species at Shawnee Park and along the Little Miami Scenic Trail
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.