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Tree Advisory Board
The Tree Advisory Board builds community support for the City's tree programs and educates residents on issues related to the City's trees and urban forests. The resources on this page are designed to help residents learn more and get involved.
Report Spotted Lanterfly Sightings
The Spotted Lantern Fly is an invasive insect that is now unfortunately present in our area. This pest has the potential to destroy considerable portions of our tree canopy. We need the public’s help in identifying and destroying this insect. Late summer through November is the best time to spot the Spotted Lantern Fly because it is in its most recognizable stages as a colorful winged adult plant hopper. After hatching in the late spring, the SLF goes through four nymph stages. By midsummer, the nymph Spotted Lantern Fly can be identified by its red body, roughly a half-inch in size, with black stripes and white dots. During the late summer until roughly November, the SLF is in the adult stage. These adults are larger, roughly one inch in size, with black bodies and brightly colored wings:
Adult Spotted Lantern Fly are attracted to the invasive Ailanthus tree, also known as tree-of-heaven, while nymphs feed on a wide range of hosts. It is important to remove any tree-of-heaven on your property, and monitor mature trees of any type for signs of Spotted Lantern Fly.
Adults lay eggs September through December, while egg masses have been spotted from September to June. Egg masses hold about 30 to 50 eggs and are approximately one inch in size. Females can lay up to two egg masses, typically on flat surfaces including tree bark, rocks, lawn furniture, or anything left outdoors. Although the adults don’t survive through the winter, the eggs can. If you encounter the spotted lantern fly, you’re encouraged to squish it. You should also report any spotted lantern flies or egg masses and you can scrape them off using a plastic card or putty knife. Scrape them into a bag or container filled with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer and keep them in this solution permanently.
Tree of HeavenSpotted Lanternfly egg sac
How to Report a Spotted Lanternfly Sighting
You can report a suspected infestation by trying to collect a sample or take a quality photo, and then PLEASE REPORT it: Call or email Plant Pest Control Section of the Ohio Department of Agriculture: (614) 728-6400 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or report via mobile app: EDDMapS Great Lakes Early Detection Network, and please let Charles Orlowski, our city forester know as well.
Trees & Plant Species to Avoid Planting
The Tree Advisory Board, in the spirit of sustainability and in order to remediate damage done by traditional landscaping practices, has compiled a list of tree/shrub/plant species that we recommend NOT planting. The hope is that this list, along with the expertise of the TAB and its partners, can educate the community about ecologically sustainable practices and plantings that are habitat-friendly choices.
In a world where we are seeing the loss of numerous species that were once abundant, and keystone species of flora and fauna are becoming endangered, it is important for each of us to understand our part in using our own spaces to create habitat where native ecosystems can exist.
The list is compiled using species on current prohibited lists of municipalities, watch/prohibited lists of parklands, and data-based information on species demonstrated, or potentially able to naturalize and/or spread from plantings. This list is not exhaustive, and most likely may omit a number of species that are problematic. For more information, please contact the Tree Advisory Board. Download a PDF version of the list.
The Tree Advisory Board (TAB) meets quarterly each year. Please check the public meetings calendar for dates. For information about the next meeting, email Forestry Superintendent Charles Orlowski, or call at 219-491-3285.
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval. View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes for the Tree Advisory Board.
Published quarterly, this email newsletter provides an update on TAB's activities and ideas and resources for residents seeking to provide the best care for their property's trees. View recent issues of Tree News | Subscribe to Tree News
The TAB is composed of the Director of Public Works or his/her designee; one member of City Council; and three or more citizen members, who shall be appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council.
Citizen members of the Tree Advisory Board shall serve two-year, calendar year terms. Appointments to fill vacancies or to add members shall be made by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council. The terms of citizen members shall end on December 31 of the year following the year that their term began. Click here if you are interested in volunteering to serve on TAB.
Chapter 161 of the Codified Ordinances for the City of Shaker Heights defines the TAB and its membership and terms. See Sections 161.01; 161.02; 161.03; Cross References- Trees and Shrubs - see GEN. OFF. Ch. 747
Events & Activities
A tree planting ceremony takes place each year in a public space of Shaker Heights. Students from each of the public schools in Shaker Heights, on a rotating basis, join Board members, the City Forester, the Mayor, and others to celebrate Arbor Day (PDF) at this event. Commemorative plaques mark each tree. In addition, the Tree Advisory Board and the Shaker Heights Public Library sponsor an annual Arbor Day-themed contest for students throughout April.
Heritage Tree Award
Residents are invited to nominate trees to be honored with a Heritage Tree Award. Nominations are now being accepted for 2023.
Nominated trees are:
- associated with a famous person, a significant event, or an historic landmark, or
- unusual in size, form, age, or other quality, or
- associated with an interesting history connected to a family, its home, or a business.
View recent winners:
- 2022 Heritage Tree Awards (PDF)
- 2021 Heritage Tree Awards (PDF)
- 2020 Heritage Tree Awards (PDF)
- 2019 Heritage Tree Awards (PDF)
- 2018 Heritage Tree Awards (PDF)
- 2017 Heritage Tree Awards (PDF)
- 2016 Heritage Tree Awards (PDF)
- 2015 Heritage Tree Awards (PDF)
Memorial Tree Planting Program
Individuals who wish to plant trees on public lands to honor the memory of a loved one or notable neighbor can now "grow” this memory. The first step in the process is to complete the online application.
Tree City Awards
The City has been designated as a “Tree City” from the National Arbor Day Foundation for the last 38 years and has also earned the Foundation's Growth Award for the last 12 years. To qualify for Tree City USA, the City must meet certain criteria established by The Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. The Growth Award requires cities to go above and beyond these criteria.