Lakeside Chautauqua Achieves Tree City USA Honor

Posted on June 22, 2013

Lakeside Chautauqua was recognized as a Tree City USA at the Northwest Ohio Awards Ceremony on April 18. This is the second year that Lakeside Chautauqua has been honored with this nationally recognized award.

The awards were presented by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry at the Hope United Methodist Church in Whitehouse, Ohio. Bill Smith and Frank O’Dell from the Lakeside Tree Advisory Team represented the Lakeside Chautauqua community at the presentation of the award.

The title of ‘Tree City USA’ was bestowed upon the community for its ongoing efforts to maintain and improve the quality of life through a comprehensive street and park tree management program. The program is guided by the Tree Commission as well as by the municipal government. The ODNR Division of Forestry acts as a guiding hand in helping a community to become qualified as a Tree City USA.

The Urban Forester recommends a community to the Arbor Day Foundation for this standing In order to achieve the title and the honors, a community must meet four standards.

These standards include a Tree Ordinance, an active Tree Commission or forestry department, a comprehensive urban forestry program supported by a minimum of $2 per capita and an annual Arbor Day proclamation and activity.

Communities that earn Tree City USA recognition have taken the time to meet the four standards and know that trees: 1) promote healthier communities by filtering the air by removing dust and other particles; 2) moderate climate, conserve water and provide a vital habitat for wildlife; 3) reduce the heat island effect in urban areas that is caused by pavement and buildings; and 4) reduce energy use and increase property values.

The state of Ohio currently boasts the greatest number of Tree Cities in the country, with 235 this year. This marks Ohio’s 32nd year as the top Tree City USA state. Fifty-three of Northwest Ohio’s communities are Tree Cities and Ohio Northern University is a Tree Campus USA.

For more information about the Tree City USA program or the Arbor Day Foundation, visit