Forest City Tree Protection Joins 100 Year Club of the Western Reserve

Plaque presented to the Forest City Tree Protection Co by the 100 Year Club of the Western Reserve on May 27, 2010.


In the summer of 1902, William P. “Will” Lanphear, Jr., a Western Reserve University student, found work trimming and caring for trees along Euclid Avenue, on the “Heights,” and out east in the Village of Gates Mills.

In 1906, he went to Tarrytown, NY, where he worked on trees throughout the big estates along the Hudson, in Pocantica Hills, and on Long Island. He didn’t like traveling, so in 1910 he started his own company in Cleveland, taking the name, Forest City Tree Protection Company. The first documented reference to the “Forest City” appears in an 1874 American Encyclopedia: “The abundance of shade trees, chiefly maple, has given to the city (Cleveland) the title of the ‘Forest City’.”

He moved his family and the company to South Euclid in 1918. His two sons, John and William III, Western Reserve University graduates, joined the business full-time in 1937. Mr. Lanphear, Jr. passed away in 1966. John Lanphear retired in 1975 and passed away in 1979. Bill’s son, Lauren, became involved full-time in 1979 upon graduation from Hiram College. Lauren became president in 1993. Bill Lanphear retired in 1983 and passed away in 2001.

Along with tree pruning, they offer unique and environmentally sound insect & disease management, tree root therapy, fertilizing, and mosquito control. Certified arborists provide expert diagnosis and pre-construction consultation. Their tree preservation efforts have earned them four (4) Excellence in Arboriculture Awards from the Tree Care Industry Association. Lauren recently completed a two-year term as President of the International Society of Arboriculture and its 20,000+ members around the globe. Other Lanphear Services include Chim, Chim, Cher-ee Professional Chimney Sweeps, and Lanphear Supply, which provides professional-quality landscape equipment to homeowners and professionals.

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