Tree Commission Public Info Sessions

The City of Parkersburg Tree Commission will host two public meetings to present the results of a tree study conducted by Davey Research Group. The meetings will be held on September 18th at 5pm at the Southside Library Branch and on September 19th at 5pm at the Emerson Library Branch. 

The City Park Tree Management and Planting Plan, completed by Davey Research Group and funded in partnership with the West Virginia Division of Forestry, assesses the current state of the tree canopy in Parkersburg City Park and makes recommendations for how to grow and maintain a healthy tree population. 

Healthy trees in public park spaces provide several benefits to park goers, including: 

  • Reduced air pollution: Trees absorb pollutants from the air, which can improve air quality and reduce respiratory problems. 

  • Cooler temperatures: Trees provide shade, which can help to cool down the park on hot days. 

  • Reduced noise pollution: Trees can help to block out noise from traffic and other sources, creating a more peaceful and enjoyable park environment. 

  • Increased biodiversity: Trees provide habitat for birds, insects, and other wildlife, making the park a more vibrant and interesting place to visit. 

The City of Parkersburg is committed to being fiscally responsible in effectively allocating resources for its parks. Plans like the City Park Tree Management and Planting Plan allow the City's park and public works departments to be proactive and identify problems before they become problems, helping to protect park visitors, extend the life of current trees, and identify placement for future trees. 

The public meetings are open to all ages, and community members are encouraged to attend to learn more about the results of the tree study and how they can help to support the growth and maintenance of a healthy tree canopy in Parkersburg City Park. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive session to help map future tree planting locations within City Park. This will help the City to develop a comprehensive plan for planting new trees and maintaining the existing tree canopy. 

All ages are welcome to attend the public meetings. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis.