In July of 2011 the Tree Commission hired Askren Municipal Forestry to perform a physical inventory of all the public trees in the Village. The inventory included information such as location, trunk diameter, relative health of the tree, and if any maintenance was needed. This information will enable us to create a comprehensive plan for planting new trees, training young trees, pruning mature trees, and removing dead or dying trees.
There are approximately 1100 public trees in Fairport and the results of the inventory (Species, number of trees, and percentage of all trees) are shown below:
|Species||# of trees||% of trees|
|Green Ash, Red Sunset Red Maple,
|20 each||1.81% each|
|Little Leaf Linden||14||1.27%|
|Goldenrain Tree, Scotch Pine||12 each||1.09% each|
|Flowering Cherry, Northern Red Oak||10 each||0.91% each|
|Crimson King Norway Maple, American Plum, Sweetgum||9 each||0.82% each|
|Ohio Buckeye, Sunburst Honeylocust,
Japanese Tree Lilac, American Linden
|7 each||0.63% each|
|Birch, Hawthorn||6 each||0.54% each|
|Willow Oak, Colorado Blue Spruce||5 each||0.45% each|
|Greenspire Little Leaf Linden, Tulip Tree||4 each||0.36% each|
|Ash, river Birch, Black Locust, Elm, Horsechestnut, Magnolia, Paperbark Maple, English Oak, Cleveland Select Pear, Yellowood||3 each||0.27% each|
|White Ash, Dawn Redwood, Armstrong Maple, Red Mulberry, Rose-of-Sharon, Black Walnut||2 each||0.18% each|
|Arizona Ash, European Beech, Paper Birch, Weeping Birch, Northern Catalpa, Black Cherry, Black & Eastern Dogwood, Flowering Dogwood, American Elm, Ginkgo, Pignut Hickory, Silver Linden, Chinese & Saucer Magnolia, Black Maple, Full Moon Maple, Japanese Maple, (unk) Maple, White Oak, Peach, Colorado Spruce, White Spruce||1 each||0.09% each|
TREE CITY USA
Fairport Harbor has been honored by being named as a "Tree City USA" for the 15th year by the Arbor Day Foundation. A community receives this honor by meeting or exceeding four standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation: 1) a Tree Commission or Board; 2) an ordinance for the management of the communities urban forest; 3) an Arbor Day observance and proclamation; and 4) spend at least $2 per capita on the communities urban forestry program. These standards were established to ensure that every qualifying community would have a viable tree management plan and program.
In addition, the Village has received the Tree City Growth Award. The Tree City USA Growth Award is given to communities that go beyond the four standards of Tree City USA and accumulate points from a list of projects that demonstrate improvement and growth of local tree care. Fairport received this award for the purchase of a tree management software package and the inventory and analysis of Fairport's public trees.
The mission of the Fairport Harbor Tree Commission is to maintain Fairport's urban forest through the use of proper planting, trimming, and removal techniques; to educate the residents of Fairport about the importance of trees and landscaping as they impact our quality of life; and to advise and support Village Council on issues affecting our urban forest.
Did you know . . .
"A mature tree can often have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000."
- Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers
Permits and New Trees
Residents must have a permit before removing trees in the tree lawns. This no-fee permit can be obtained by writing the Tree Commission at 220 Third Street, Fairport Harbor, Ohio 44077. Tree trimming does not require a permit. Tree removal and trimming must be done at the expense of the homeowner.
The Tree Commission does fund (100%) the planting of new trees. The Village will care for the new tree for one year, after which the resident is responsible for caring for the new tree.
Meetings are held at the Fairport Village Hall, 220 Third Street, on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. For additional information, contact the village hall at (440) 352-3620. Send any requests in writing to The Tree Commission at 220 Third Street.