Ada Tree Commission

Tree Commission & Sigma Phi Epsilon Pruning

Members of the Ada Tree Commission, with the help of 8 Sigma Phi Epsilon members, trimmed trees in town on Saturday Tree Commissionafternoon. From left are Mike Hubbell, Jim Neiswander, Village Forester Terry Keiser, Jamie Hall, Rob Mix, and Jim Meyer. Most of the commission members have completed a course sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which included instruction in trimming and pruning trees. Trees in the Industrial Park, Depot Park, and the right-of-way of streets were made safer, healthier, and more beautiful due to the efforts of the SigEpsHelpvolunteers.  Sigma Phi Epsilon brothers from left to right are Josh Purtee, Gary Hess, Luke Franks, Walker Catlett, Bryce Gray, Chase Bradley, David Schuring, and Michael Keith.

The Sycamore Tree

Tawa Tree Service was in town Tuesday to give the sycamore by the IMG_20150616_105519theater a new lease on life. Workers trimmed the crown, cut away dead branches, and cut off limbs that might damage passing vehicles alongMain Street, the nearby theater and a house. The tree was sprayed for lace bug last week. The venerable tree is estimated to be 120 years old and110 feet tall. The tree commission recommended to village council that the work be done; council approved.

By Monty Siekerman

Tree & Utility Conflicts

AvoidingTreeAndUtilityConflictsAvoiding Tree & Utility Conflicts is a brochure provided by  It is a quick tutorial about planting the right tree in the right place and is developed by the International Society of Arboriculture.  This brochure, along with many others, is available as a free download.

Clearing the Electric Lines

LineClearingBrochureCoverAEP is currently clearing their electric lines in Ada and the surrounding area.  AEP has a different purpose than home owners have and this may cause disappointment with the results.  AEP provides a brochure that describes their activities in these line clearing efforts.  This brochure is available here.

Tree Commission

Tree City USA is a designation for municipalities that manage their Urban Forest.  Ada has been designated as a Tree City since 1977.  Ohio Northern University joined the Tree Campus USA organization in 2010.  Ada's Tree Commission has been active in the management of our "urban forest".  The urban forest includes all of those trees that are located in properties owned by the Village of Ada.  This includes every tree in a tree lawn as well as those in the Railroad Park and the public lands in the Grass Run Industrial Park.

Chinkapin Oak (Quercus muehlenbergii) on West Lima Avenue. This tree was saved from destruction by making a minor modification to a street project.

The Village Tree Commission meets regularly and has pruning and maintenance work days for the purpose of managing the urban forest.  The work of the members of the Tree Commission helped to minimize the damage that occurred during the ice storm in January of 2005 and the derecho wind in the spring of 2012. The members are all "tree huggers" to some extent but all realize that it is not possible to save every tree. The group makes difficult decisions every year with the goal of providing responsible management of the urban forest in the Village of Ada.

As a member of Tree City USA, the Village is obligated to meet certain obligations regarding the management of the urban forest.

Active Members of the Tree Commission include

  • James Meyer
  • Norm Rex
  • Monty Siekerman
  • Dick Lawerence
  • Don Traxler
  • Terry Keiser (Village Arborist)
  • Jimmy Wilson
  • Angela Polachek
  • Dave Retterer
  • Jim Neiswander

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