Lakeside Named Tree City for Third Year

Posted on July 10, 2014

Representatives of the Lakeside Tree Advisory Team Commission were honored to accept the Tree City USA Award in a ceremony on April 9.

This is the third year that Lakeside Chautauqua has earned the Tree City USA award.

The ceremony was held in Kenton, Ohio and co-hosted by the City of Kenton and the Village of Mt. Victory.

The awards were presented by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Forestry.

The Division of Forestry acts as a guiding hand in helping communities become qualified as a Tree City USA.

In order to achieve the title and honors, a community must meet four standards: 1) a tree ordinance; 2) active Tree Commission; 3) a comprehensive urban forestry program supported by a minimum of two dollars per capita; and 4) an annual Arbor Day proclamation and public observance.

This year marks Ohio’s 33rd year as the top Tree City USA state, according to the ODNR, Division of Forestry.

Lakeside Chautauqua also earned a Growth Award for the first time.

In order to earn this title, a community must have made additions or significant improvements to the tree program in the past year.

The key to receiving the Growth Award was Lakeside’s program to begin replacing the street trees lost to the Emerald Ash Borer and to old age.

The state of Ohio currently boasts the greatest number of Tree Cities in the country with a grand total this past year of 244 cities.

Fifty-five of Northwest Ohio’s communities are Tree Cities. Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, is a Tree Campus USA. All were recognized for their achievements at the awards ceremony.

For additional information about the Tree City USA program or the Arbor Day Foundation, visit www.arborday.org.