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Ohio city loves its trees, wants arboretum label

BEXLEY, Ohio (AP) — Residents of a small Ohio city that's especially proud of its trees are taking an unusual step to raise public awareness about that.

The Columbus Dispatch reports some Bexley residents are trying to get the 2.5-square-mile area designated as an arboretum, a label more typical for land used for cultivating trees and plants. The Columbus-area city of about 13,000 has more people than trees and has been recognized for its urban forestry program.

Resident Ginny Salamy is among those seeking accreditation from the Illinois-based Morton Register of Arboreta. She says Bexley meets criteria such as having more than 100 types of woody plants and offering public access and educational efforts.

An official with the arboretum that runs the register says no other U.S. city has applied for the designation.