Sustaining Lakeside’s Urban Forest

Posted on August 07, 2014

Lakeside Chautauqua has been con­tinuously removing dead and dying trees throughout the community. The trees are mostly Ash trees that are suc­cumbing to the Emerald Ash Borer and old Silver Maples trees that are reach­ing the end of life, with serious dieback of the canopy.

The Lakeside Tree Advisory Team, with assistance from the Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society (LESS), has arranged the planting of new trees along the streets and in the parks throughout Lakeside.

This involves walking the streets and looking for potential planting sites, contacting the property owners to ob­tain approval for tree planting, review­ing the planting site conditions and se­lecting appropriate trees.

The planting programs of previous years, and this year, have yielded the planting of the following trees:

Early summer 2013: four ‘Prince­ton’ American Elms, two ‘Winter King’ Hawthorns, one ‘Bloodgood’ London Plane tree, one ‘Greenspire’ Littleleaf Linden and one ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese Maple.

Late fall 2013: one ‘Princeton’ American Elm, three ‘New Harmo­ny’ American Elms, one ‘Frontier’ Elm, two ‘Sienna Glen’ Freeman Ma­ples, one ‘Crimson Sunset’ Maple, one ‘Green Mountain’ Sugar Maple, one ‘Streetkeeper’ Honeylocust, two ‘Espresso’ Kentucky Coffeetrees and two ‘Bloodgood’ London Plane trees.

Early summer 2014: two ‘Swamp’ White Oaks, two ‘Regal Prince’ Oaks, three ‘Princeton’ American Elms, one ‘Village Green’ Zelkova, one ‘Espres­so’ Kentucky Coffeetree, one Tulip tree, two ‘Sienna Glen’ Freeman Ma­ples, one ‘Autumn Blaze’ Maple, two ‘Bloodgood’ London Plane trees and one Common Hackberry.

This is only a start to replace the trees that Lakeside has lost.

The Lakeside Tree Advisory Team will be walking more streets this sum­mer to identify more planting sites and plan to arrange the planting of another dozen trees later this fall.

For those who wish to have a tree planted in front of their cottage or in the street right of way, contact Bill Smith, a member of the Lakeside Tree Advisory Team and LESS, at walrusandwife@ Contributions to the Lakeside Tree Fund will help in restor­ing Lakeside’s Urban Forest.

He that planteth a tree is a servant of God. He provideth a kindness for many generations, And faces that he hath not seen shall bless him.

- Henry van Dyke