Tree_City_USA_LogoLakeside Chautauqua was recently recognized as a Tree City USA community at the Northwest Ohio awards ceremony hosted by the Village of West Unity and their Tree Commission.

This is the fifth time our 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.

Andrea Torrice, Cincinnati native and an award-winning documentary filmmaker, was the keynote speaker.

She shared the story of what lead to her latest film, Trees in Trouble, followed by the Northwest Ohio premier of the film. Trees in Trouble chronicles the pressures facing the country’s trees and community forests and the impacts on society as a whole.

The film will be broadcast on PBS stations nation-wide the week of Arbor Day, the last Friday in April. This documentary will also be shown at Lakeside this summer.

Lakeside 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 total of 250 this past year.

This marks Ohio’s 39th 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.

Our region also boats one Tree Campus USA (Ohio Northern University) and one Tree Line USA (First Energy). All were recognized for their achievements at the awards ceremony.

Next year, the Tree City USA award ceremony for Northwest Ohio will be held in Lakeside.

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