The Arbor Day Foundation has named Canal Winchester a Tree City USA for the 16th year.

The Arbor Day Foundation has named Canal Winchester a Tree City USA for the 16th year.

According to a statement from the foundation, Canal Winchester also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for the expansion of its forestry program during 2008.

"A community, its elected officials and its citizens that provide needed care for its trees deserves recognition and thanks," said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation in a statement. "They recognize trees are a vital component of the infrastructure in our cities and towns."

Dick Miller, Canal Winchester urban forester, said 2008 was the second year Canal Winchester received the growth award. The first year was 2001.
Communities must score at least 10 points on an Arbor Day Foundation scale in order to receive a growth award.

"We got 19," Miller said.

He said Canal Winchester earned points for adopting a storm water manual to protect community streams, set up 26 bird-nesting boxes throughout the village, stocked fish at a new 2.6-acre pond near Howe Parkway and planted trees at two parks in the village -- Westchester Park near the Villages at Westchester subdivision and Howe Park.