Upper Arlington has enjoyed its status as a Tree City USA for many years now. We take great pride in the beautiful urban forest that graces our streets and neighborhoods, helps reduce pollution and keeps our summertime electric bills at bay by providing shade to our homes.
If you've ever taken a look at UA from above, courtesy of Google Maps, you can actually see UA's geographic shape, thanks to the green canopy provided by this forest -- it's quite impressive.
Protecting and enhancing this invaluable natural resource pays dividends on so many levels. Sadly, the recent arrival of two invasive species has put our urban forest at risk.
First, we've had to deal with the increasing impacts of the emerald ash borer in recent years, and I suspect its presence in UA will have a greater visible impact this spring, as we see more ash trees succumb to an inevitable demise.
Now we face a slower-spreading but more damaging pest, the gypsy moth, which is much less discriminating in the species of trees and shrubs it targets.
When an infestation is present, the damage is done during the caterpillar stage of the life cycle, as these voracious eaters defoliate the trees on which they live. It just takes a couple years of defoliation to overstress and ultimately kill the infested trees.
We have received word from the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) that recent trapping activities have indicated a growth in the gypsy moth's presence in central Ohio.
Without a swift response, these infestations could quickly expand and inflict real damage on our trees and forests. As a result, the ODA is planning to conduct a gypsy moth treatment project this spring and early summer, and UA will be included in this effort.
The ODA has scheduled an open house about the gypsy moth and its planned treatments for the evening of Thursday, Feb. 20. The meeting will be held at the Municipal Services Center, from 6 to 8 p.m. This will be a "drop-in" format where residents can learn about the problem and the two types of treatment that will be used, as well as ask questions of ODA representatives.
As the scheduled treatment approaches, we will be working with the ODA to spread the word to all in our community to be sure you are well informed of treatment dates and the methods used.
In the meantime, visit uaoh.net under the Headlines section of our homepage for meeting details.
Wall of Honor
As challenging as surviving in today's fast-paced workplace may be, the opportunity to do so in a fair manner is not something to be taken for granted. Countless individuals throughout history have had to fight for equal rights and one such person, Mary Egerton Miller, resided in Upper Arlington for more than 45 years.
The Upper Arlington Historical Society has chosen Ms. Miller for inclusion on the Wall of Honor in 2014 because of her enduring passion and commitment to helping women succeed in their lives and careers.
Miller was a champion of women's rights as well as a selfless volunteer and community activist. Her leadership helped to make Ohio the 33rd state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). After the ERA was ratified in 1974, Miller wanted to ensure that Ohio's laws came into compliance and so she formed and chaired former Gov. John Gilligan's Ohio Coalition for the Implementation of the ERA.
From 1974 to 1979, Ms. Miller worked to increase the number of women in state government policy-making positions. In 1977, she chaired the Ohio International Women's Year Conference. She later chaired the committee that founded the Metropolitan Women's Center for Central Ohio Women, now known as the New Directions Career Center.
These positions and accomplishments merely are the tip of the iceberg compared to Miller's complete list of volunteer roles and endeavors.
A plaque commemorating the contributions of Mary Egerton Miller will be dedicated during a Sunday, May 18, ceremony, marking her inclusion in the Upper Arlington Wall of Honor.
For additional details about the Upper Arlington Wall of Honor, call the UA Historical Society at 614-470-2610 or visit uaoh.net.
Theodore J. Staton is Upper Arlington's city manager.