Guest Blogger: Bill Smith, Lakeside Tree Advisory Team
Lakeside Chautauqua was recently recognized as a Tree City USA community at the Northwest Ohio Awards Ceremony hosted by Lakeside Chautauqua and its Tree Advisory Team. This is the sixth time the Chautauqua community has been honored with this nationally-recognized award.
The awards were presented to Tree City USA communities by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry.
Conservationist and environmental educator, Cheryl Harner, was the keynote speaker of the event. Harner’s presentation, Our Living Legacy: American Trees, explored the history of some of the country’s most significant trees.
The title of Tree City USA was bestowed upon Lakeside for its ongoing efforts to maintain and improve the quality of life through a comprehensive tree management program. The program is guided by the Tree Commission and the municipal government.
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 Regional 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 a Tree Advisory Team, or 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 boasts the greatest number of Tree Cities in the country, with a grand total 243 this past year.
This marks Ohio’s 40th consecutive year as the top Tree City USA state, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry. Fifty-five of Northwest Ohio’s communities have received the Tree City USA designation.
The region also has two Tree Campus USAs (Ohio Northern University and the University of Findlay) and one Tree Line USA (FirstEnergy). 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.