We’re Parkersburg’s tree people.

Our 100th Memorial Tree

We’re celebrating our 100th Memorial Tree in remembrance of Paula Brabham. A tree and bench have been installed in City Park in her honor.

It’s located on the Park Street side of City Park.

Parkersburg Tree Commission Members

Willis Ridenour – Chairman
Turner Sharp – Vice-Chairman
Saundra “Sauny” Williams
Pamela Lutz
Betty Camp
Mike Reynolds (representative from City Council)
Jerry Edman (Public Works Director)

Staff:

Donna Davis, Planning Director
Ann Conageski, Development Director

History

Parkersburg City Council established the City of Parkersburg Tree Commission, by ordinance dated 8-11-98.

The first committee was comprised of:

Wayne Waldeck – Chairman, who served until 9-1-07
Willis Ridenour – Vice-Chairman
Charles Casto
Cammy-Murray Pugh (Council Representative)
Richard Williams (Public Works Director)

The first meeting was held October 6, 1998.

In 1998, 28 trees were planted by the City. Approximately 1,000 have been planted so far!

First Arbor Day for the City was held on November 10, 1998.

First designated as a Tree City USA was April 21, 1999 and have maintained that status each year following.

Received The Gold Leaf Award on October 26, 1999 by the International Society of Arboriculture.

City of Parkersburg was a “Pilot City” for the Municipal Tree Replacement Program, which was established by Allegheny Power.

Established the Tree Memorial Program.

Worked with the Parkersburg-Wood County Library to establish the John Blomberg Arboretum located at the site of the library on Emerson Avenue.

Offer a $500.00 grant to any city wide neighborhood group that can raise at least $1,000.00 on their own for planting of trees. (Washington Avenue Historical District was first recipient)

City tree inventoried on TreeKeeper and accessible thru the City of Parkersburg website.

I never before knew the full value of trees. Under them I breakfast, dine, write, read, and receive my company.
Thomas Jefferson

Write the Tree Commission at:
Tree Commission
City of Parkersburg
PO Box 1627
Parkersburg, WV 26102

Telephone the Commission at:
(304) 424-8558

Other resources:

Types of Tree in Mountainous Regions