Lakeside Earns ‘Tree City USA’ Honor

Posted on July 01, 2015

Lakeside Chautauqua was recently recognized as a Tree City USA community at the Northwest Ohio awards ceremony hosted by the City of Toledo and its Urban Forestry Commission.

This is the fourth time the Chautauqua community has been honored with this nationally recognized award.

Lakeside Chautauqua received this honor for its ongoing efforts to maintain and improve the quality of life through a comprehensive park and street tree management program. The program is guided by the Lakeside Tree Advisory Team, Board of Directors and the Municipal Services Department.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, 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 the following four standards.

It must have a Tree Ordinance; an active Tree Commission, such as the Tree Advisory Team, or a forestry department; a comprehensive urban forestry program supported by a minimum of two dollars per capita; and an annual Arbor Day proclamation and public observance.

The state of Ohio currently boasts the greatest number of Tree Cities in the country, with a grand total of 250 this past year. This marks Ohio’s 34th year as the top Tree City USA state, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry. Fifty-six of Northwest Ohio’s communities have received the Tree City USA designation.

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