Lakeside Chautauqua Earns Tree City USA Designation

Posted on April 30, 2012

Lakeside Chautauqua has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to urban forestry. The awards ceremony, recognizing Lakeside and other communities, will be held on May 9 in Rockford, Ohio.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a non-profit, environmental and education organization of more than one million members with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.
 
"We all benefit when communities like Lakeside place a high priority on planting and caring for trees, one of our nation's most beautiful resources," said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Trees shade our homes, add beauty to our neighborhoods, and provide many environmental, economic and social benefits. We applaud Lakeside's officials, volunteers and citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest."
 
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. There are more than 3,400 communities that share this distinction.
 
Being designated a Tree City USA community presents a positive image that most people want to have for the place they live or vacation. The Tree City USA signage at Lakeside's entrances informs visitors that this is a community that cares about its environment.
 
Bill Smith, chair of the Tree Advisory Team in Lakeside, said that the Chautauqua community needed to meet the four standards to become a Tree City USA community. Tree City USA communities must have:

  1. A tree board - The Lakeside Tree Advisory Team was established in 2010.
  2. A tree care ordinance - (Section 1-33 of the Code of Construction Regulations and Ground Rules of Lakeside Chautauqua)
  3. A community forestry program with annual expenditures of at least $2 per capita.
  4. An Arbor Day observance and proclamation - The Annual Arbor Day Picnic was initiated by the Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society (LESS) in 2010. The first Arbor Day Proclamation was published in the Lakesider newspaper in 2011.

Communities that earn Tree City USA recognition not only have taken the time to meet the four standards, they know that trees: promote healthier communities by filtering the air we breathe by removing dust and other particles; moderate climate, conserve water and provide vital habitat for wildlife; reduce the heat island effect in urban areas caused by pavement and buildings; and reduce energy use and increase property values.

Special thanks to Bill Smith, the Tree Advisory Team and LESS for their time and efforts in earning the Tree City USA designation. Their commitment to Lakeside and promoting environmental awareness to residents and guests is truly appreciated.