Duties & Responsibilities
The forestry crew plants, prunes and maintains trees on City properties, tree lawns, medians and rights-of-way. Each year, approximately 200 trees are planted in these areas. The Urban Forestry Manager selects the type of new trees to be planted and, along with the Westlake Tree Commission, works with developers and contractors to save as many existing trees as possible during the construction process.
Urban Forestry Updates
Asian Longhorned Beetle Learn about the Asian Longhorned Beetle and a recent infestation discovered in Clermont County, Ohio.
Proper Tree Planting
Learn how to properly Plant a Tree with these tips and care information.
The Tree Commission is made up of citizen volunteers who serve a 2-year term.
Tree City USA
The City of Westlake was pleased to host the 2016 Tree City USA Awards (PDF) on 5/10/16, at La Centre. Westlake is proud to be celebrating its 25th year as a Tree City. The event had a great turn out of 238 people from 66 cities and 13 vendors/exhibitors.
Since 1991, Westlake has held the designation of Tree City USA, which it earned by meeting four standards established by the National Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. Those standards include maintaining a tree commission, a tree care ordinance and a community forestry program, and holding an annual Arbor Day observance.
The forestry staff includes two certified arborists. The Urban Forestry Manager, Stan Barnard, is available to consult with residents on trees and landscaping. For his assistance, call the Service Department at 440-835-6432.