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Wisconsin Urban Forestry CouncilPast awards

Past recipients of the urban forestry awards given in recognition of outstanding efforts by individuals, organizations and communities that further urban forestry in Wisconsin.

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2016

Distinguished Service – Phil Pellitterri
Phil Pellitterri is recognized for his extensive career contributions to the field of urban forest health through his work as the UW-Extension entomologist for 35 years. Phil freely and eagerly shared his knowledge by contributing to numerous publications, speaking at conferences, participating in workshops and on radio broadcasts and through many other venues educating students, professionals and the general public about insect problems threatening Wisconsin's urban forests.

Lifetime Achievement – Raymond P. Guries (retired) and Eugene B. Smalley (deceased)
Raymond P. Guries and Eugene B. Smalley are recognized for their more than 30 year commitment to develop elm cultivars that are resistant to Dutch Elm Disease. Through their efforts, several cultivars were developed and elements of their research and testing program have been successfully integrated into current protocols that accelerate the selection of plant material.

Project Partnership – Ozaukee County Fish Passage Program, Ulao Creek Restoration and Tree Planting Project
The Ulao Creek Restoration and Tree Planting Project is being recognized for a large-scale fish and wildlife habitat restoration project in the town and village of Grafton that is restoring multiple stream reaches through channel re-meandering, floodplain reconnection, wetland creation or enhancement, invasive plant removal, native plant restoration and installation of fish and wildlife habitat features. A large component of the work has been conducted by volunteer partner organizations, most notably with involvement in tree planting and educational awareness.

Innovations in Urban Forestry – Wisconsin Urban Wood Network
The Wisconsin Urban Wood Network is a vibrant, growing and diverse group of urban wood professionals, businesses and nonprofit organizations that recycle urban trees back into the social and economic lives of the community. This wood is recycled into fine furniture, flooring, art and architecture. Network members include arborists, sawyers, kiln operators, woodworkers and craftspersons that care about the environment, their clients and their employees and love seeing great wood go to happy customers. Not only is this innovative group aiding in the development of marketing urban wood, it is addressing an environmental need and instilling investment in the creation of private businesses. This network has already grown across the state and is garnering attention on the national stage.

2015

Distinguished Service – Laura Wyatt
Recognizes her pioneering efforts advocating for and shaping partnerships that advance Wisconsin urban forestry in alignment with their civic and environmental goals. Ms. Wyatt has shared these successes with many audiences and presented them as national models, including First Downs for Trees/Green Bay Packers, Dane County Bar Association and City of Fitchburg Tree Planting Initiative and Root, Root for the Brewers/Milwaukee Brewers.

Project Partnership – "Logs to Lumber" Program
Recognizes the City of West Bend and Habitat for Humanity of Washington and Dodge Counties for their creative responses to emerald ash borer and win-win outcomes. Using a new portable saw mill, Habitat for Humanity generates lumber from city trees removed as part of the city’s EAB response plan and uses the lumber in the construction of homes and is sold at their facilities. The city uses the revenue from log sales to fund tree replacement in the city. Both partners have used this as an educational tool and a model for communities dealing with the effects of EAB.

Innovations in Urban Forestry – American Transmission Company (ATC) Community Planting Program
Recognizes ATC’s commitment to safe and beautiful urban forests in their service areas by supplying funding to communities to increase canopy cover in their respective communities. The goal is to help beautify communities in the ATC service area in a manner that is consistent with their safety and maintenance standards.

Innovations in Urban Forestry – Urban Wood Specifications for Building Design Projects by Gerard Capell and Tom Kubala
Mr. Capell is recognized for writing urban wood specifications that would introduce a "new" wood product into the construction marketplace. Mr. Kubala is recognized for incorporating urban wood into a 2014 commercial building project to showcase the entire urban tree-to-building process. The pair has been instrumental in preparing the traditional market for the influx of urban wood and helping to demonstrate the viability and desirability of this building material.

Lifetime Achievement – Dr. Edward Hasselkus
Recognizes his immense contributions to the field of urban forestry and horticulture. His long tenure as UW-Madison Horticulture and Landscape Design Professor and UW-Madison Arboretum Curator of Longenecker Gardens has made him an institution in Wisconsin. Throughout his career and into his retirement, Dr. Hasselkus has mentored countless students and professionals and continues to be a resource for the various green industries in Wisconsin.

2014

Distinguished Service – Laura DeGolier
Recognizes volunteer work and leadership in maintaining Fond du Lac’s Greenway Arboretum, including its hundreds of trees, recruiting and coordinating volunteers and serving as a tireless advocate for natural resources.

Project Partnership – Sparta High School Earth Club
(partnering with Century Foods International of Sparta, the City of Sparta, Polar Bears International and Milwaukee County Zoo). Recognizes a long term partnership including award winning programs "Trees for You and Me" and "Tree Planting for Climate Change" which have resulted in a healthier and more diverse urban forest for the City of Sparta.

Project Partnership – 30 for 30 Partnership Project: City of Menasha and Canadian National Railroad
Recognizes a partnership with Canadian National Railroad celebrating 30 years as a Tree City USA, with numerous volunteer groups teaming-up to improve the long term health and diversity of the urban forest by planting 30 trees in each aldermanic district.

Innovations in Urban Forestry – Bob Wesp, Dwayne Sperber and City of Milwaukee
Recognizes the development of a working model which processes and markets Milwaukee’s urban wood.

Innovations in Urban Forestry – Mequon Nature Preserve and City of Mequon
Recognizes a reforestation program which involved efforts to plant thousands of trees, preform invasive species removal, establish new walking trails and develop an environmental science program.

Lifetime Achievement – Todd Ernster
Recognizes 25 years of service to the City of Stevens Point, most recently as City Forester.

2013

Distinguished Service – David Scharfenberger
Recognizes 20 years of service as volunteer City of Hartford Forester conducting Arbor Day activities and performing many services to ensure a diverse, healthy and aesthetically pleasing urban forest.

Elected Official Distinguished Service – Town of Menasha Supervisor Michael Dillon
Recognizes leadership in promoting the benefits of the urban forest and sustainable urban forest development, while facilitating Arbor Day programs and implementing tree planting projects.

Project Partnership – University of Wisconsin-Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Programs in Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties
Recognizes partnership to provide multi-county arboriculture workshops benefitting Wisconsin’s urban and community forests.

Innovations in Urban Forestry – Jonas Zahn and the Northwoods Casket Company
Recognizes the creation of a unique tree planting and reforestation project tied to a business which utilizes wood.

Innovations in Urban Forestry – Bock Community Forest Field Day, City of Middleton
Recognizes the development of a community event which showcases the community forest demonstrating arboriculture skills, horse logging and wood utilization in a responsible, environmentally sustainable way.

2012

Lifetime Achievement – Harry Libby
For sustained leadership as Middleton’s city forester for 19 years, guiding development of a comprehensive, proactive municipal urban forestry program resulting in increased tree canopy.

Distinguished Service – Dr. R. Chris Williamson
For leadership and service to the urban forestry community through entomology research, education and outreach at UW–Madison, emphasizing invasive insects including emerald ash borer.

Elected Official Distinguished Service – Arthur Bushue
For leadership and support guiding the development of Village of Clinton’s comprehensive urban forestry program, a model for small Wisconsin communities.

Project Partnership – Oconomowoc Junior Women’s Club and the City of Oconomowoc Parks & Forestry Department
Recognizing a sustained tree-planting partnership in Oconomowoc that celebrates the birth of babies born to club members. More than 100 park trees have been planted since 1982.

Innovations in Urban Forestry – Green Bay Packers’ First Downs for Trees
Honoring First Downs for Trees, an innovative approach to offsetting carbon produced during away-game travel by planting trees in Brown County communities for each first down made during the regular season.

2011

Lifetime Achievement – David Liska
In recognition of sustained leadership in arboriculture by setting a standard for community forestry while serving as Waukesha City Forester for 30 years and by serving in numerous state-wide leadership roles to further continued professional development and education of students.

Distinguished Service – Mike Wendt
In recognition of leadership in arboriculture education and training at Milwaukee Area Technical College which not only provides exceptional "hands-on" experience for students but numerous benefits for area communities, county lands and non-profits.

Elected Official Distinguished Service – Alder Marsha Rummel
In recognition of leadership in the protection and preservation of Madison's urban forest and the adoption of construction specifications to protect Madison’s street trees.

Project Partnership – Taking Root: Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and City of Oshkosh-Forestry, Ranger Services
Recognizes leadership in development of Oshkosh Taking Root Fund which increases community beautification through tree planting raising more than $350,000 and planting 1000 trees in 2010 and with plans to plant 1000 trees in 2011.

Project Partnership – Ash Tree Removal and Replanting: City of Waukesha Forestry and We Energies
Recognizes leadership in development of an ash removal/tree replacement project addressing EAB and utility pruning issues.

Innovations in Urban Forestry – Strategic Forestry Plan, Forest County Potawatomi Tribe
Recognizes the innovative and comprehensive approach to managing the Tribe’s community forest with the creation of a Strategic Forestry Plan.

Innovations in Urban Forestry – Mechanized Logging of Urban Trees: Don Peterson, Sustainable Resources Institute; City of Oak Creek; Terry Mace, DNR; and Anna Healy, DATCP
Recognizes the innovative demonstration of mechanized harvesting and processing of urban trees.

2010

Distinguished Service – Tom Meier
In recognition of sustained leadership in establishing and working with the Town of Mosinee oak wilt awareness, management and control programs.

Elected Official Distinguished Service – Representative Fred Clark, 42nd Assembly District and Senator Judy Robson, 15th Senate District
In recognition of leadership in the protection of Wisconsin's urban forests and the reinstatement of state Urban Forestry Grants to communities.

Project Partnership – Dane County EAB Readiness Plan: Dane County Land & Water Resources Department; Dane County Tree Board; and Dane County Public Works Solid Waste Division
Recognizes the leadership of Dane County in gathering together urban forestry partners and stakeholders to develop the Dane County Emerald Ash Borer & Wood Utilization Strategic Management Plan.

Innovations in Urban Forestry – Hyperspectral Imagery and EAB Planning
City of Mequon, City of Milwaukee and We Energies
Recognizes the innovated use of hyperspectral imagery to develop a comprehensive ash tree canopy map for use in EAB readiness planning through partnership of two communities and a utility.

2009

Lifetime Achievement – Cliff Englert
In recognition of career achievements that “planted the seed” for a Janesville urban forestry legacy through the creation, development and nurturing of the Janesville Shade Tree Advisory Committee which will continue to guide and sustain Janesville’s community forestry program

Distinguished Service – LaVerne Peterson
In recognition of sustained leadership in working with members of the Village of Amherst community to establish and maintain a community forestry program that preserves and advances forestry throughout the community.

Project Partnership – Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc and City of Superior – Superior Tree Board
Recognizes the merged efforts of a municipality, community volunteers and a private contractor to increase tree canopy while redesigning and reconstructing a major transportation corridor.

Innovations in Urban Forestry – Urban Brownfield Phytoremediation
City of Menasha, Winnebago County, OMNNI Associates, Environmental Forestry Consultants, LLC
Recognizes the innovated use of trees to assist in the cleanup of contaminated soil and groundwater at a contaminated brownfield property in the City of Menasha.

2008

Distinguished Service – Harley McMillen
In recognition of leadership exhibited through the organization of Trees for Viola tree planting project and a community forestry program in response to devastating tornados of 2005.For more information on this effort view the summer newsletter issue, page 3, at www.dnr.state.wi.us/forestry/UF/resources/Vol14No2.pdf.Congratulations to the Village of Viola for becoming a Tree City USA!

Elected Official Distinguished Service – Representative Mary Williams, 87th State Assembly District
In recognition of leadership in the passage of 2007 Wisconsin Act 13 that allows the DNR to expedite urban forestry grants following catastrophic storm damage in urban areas for which the governor has declared a state of emergency.

Project Partnership – Town of Greenville and We Energies
Recognizes how one community merged the efforts of municipal volunteers and power company officials to landscape a power substation at the intersection of two busy highways. The tangible benefits include the conversion of a necessary eyesore into an environmental and aesthetic showcase.

Innovations in Urban Forestry – Village of Clinton Volunteer Foresters
Recognizes and celebrates the ingenuity and spirit of the village of Clinton volunteer foresters in establishing and managing a community forestry program that preserves and advances forestry throughout the community with the active participation of residents of all ages.

Honorable mentions were awarded to the Horticulture Center at Boerner Botanic Garden, Green Man Wood Services, Village of Little Chute, City of Oconto and Village of Pound.

Last Revised: Thursday March 23 2017