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December 7, 2010

MADISON - The Dec. 30 deadline to recognize an individual, organization, community and/or tribe for activities promoting urban and community forestry in Wisconsin with a Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council Award is fast-approaching.

"The Urban Forestry Council presents these awards to outstanding individuals, organizations, communities, and tribes for their work and commitment to supporting the state's urban forest resources," according to Laura Wyatt, Forestry Division liaison to the Urban Forestry Council, which advises the Department of Natural Resources. "Council members are especially interested in nominations from the general public, from people who know about creative and interesting projects that have been undertaken in their communities."

The Urban Forestry Council annually presents awards in the following categories:

Last year's award winners included agencies involved in the preparation of Dane County's Emerald Ash Borer Readiness Plan; the Cities of Mequon and Milwaukee and We Energies for a cooperative effort to use a type of imaging to develop a comprehensive ash tree canopy map for use in emerald ash borer readiness planning; former State Sen. Judy Robison of Beloit and State Rep. Fred Clark of Baraboo for elected official distinguished service in recognition of leadership in the protection of Wisconsin's urban forests and the reinstatement of state Urban Forestry Grants to communities; and a Town of Mosinee resident who helped establish (and continues to coordinate) his community's oak wilt awareness, management, and control programs.

Wyatt said the Urban Forestry Council Awards nomination process is very user-friendly and can be submitted by e-mail (to or by U.S. mail (to the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council, P.O. Box 7921, Madison WI 53707. A nomination should include the following: the award category; the name(s), address(es), and phone number(s) of the individual, organization, group, or project being nominated (including a project name, if applicable); the contact information of the person(s) to be contacted if additional information is needed; and a description of the merits of the nominee.

Nominations should include information on why is the individual or project or partnership worthy of this award along with information on the outcome and impact on the community. "Supporting letters and statements and other documents such as news clippings and photographs - anything that strengthens the nomination - are welcomed," according to Wyatt.

All materials need to be received by the Dec. 30 deadline.

The names of award winners are announced at the Wisconsin Arborist Association-Wisconsin DNR Annual Urban Forestry Conference and Trade Show, held Jan. 30-Feb. 1 in Green Bay.

Details about the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council Annual Awards the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council and regional urban forestry coordinators working throughout the state can be found on the Urban and Community Forestry pages of the DNR website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Wyatt, 608.267-0568

Last Revised: Tuesday, December 07, 2010

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