Lakeside has been watching its tree canopy be reduced by the Emerald Ash Borer and the natural dying of aging trees.
The Tree Advisory Team, with financial support from the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation and the Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society (LESS), has been busy planting new trees on lawns and in public spaces throughout Lakeside.
Individual homeowners have also been helping to restore the tree canopy by replacing and adding trees on their properties.
The combination of group and individual efforts are essential to improve and maintain Lakeside’s tree canopy.
Lakeside homeowners, Joyce and Tom Salamone and Dwight and Alice King, were recently faced with a devastating loss of trees on their properties. Both couples worked with their landscapers and Bill Smith, chairman of the Tree Advisory Team, to plant a variety of new trees.
The Salamones have resided in Lakeside for more than 20 years. Within the past several years, they have lost six trees at their cottage, located at 516 Cedar Ave., including four Ash trees, one Oak tree and one Walnut tree.
Using the “Lakeside Tree Recommendations” brochure, available at the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office, the Salamones chose to plant a Skyline Locust, a Triumph Elm, a Heritage Oak and a Red Oak on their property.
When asked why they planted such a rich group of trees, Tom said, “It just looked too bare.”
Joyce added, “Hopefully, our kids will want this cottage. We want them to have a beautiful place. Amazingly, the birds returned immediately.”
The Kings reside in Australia and are Lakeside residents during the summer.
Dwight helped his brother and father build one of the family’s four cottages when he was 11 years old.
Over the years, the Kings have lost many trees, including five Ash trees and one Silver Maple. They believe that one of the Ash trees they lost was the oldest and tallest in Lakeside.
The Kings also used the “Lakeside Tree Recommendations” brochure and consulted with Smith to plant the following six trees on their four properties: Red Oak, Ginkgo, London Planetree (a type of Sycamore), Frontier Elm, Zelkova and Red Bud.
The couple said they feel more comfortable in a home surrounded by trees and both remember playing in treehouses as kids.
The Tree Advisory Team hopes other community members will consider planting a tree on their properties. Help Lakeside recreate the wonderful tree environment that previous Lakesiders had the foresight to provide for the community.
Smith, Bill Dudrow and Frank O’Dell, members of the Tree Advisory Team, are available to give advice on tree types and tree placement.
Besides the beauty that trees provide, they also offer numerous practical advantages, including increased home value, reduction of global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide and lowered air conditioning costs.
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