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April 19, 2011

MADISON - A Milwaukee Area Technical College instructor, retired city forester, community foundation, utility, four governmental entities, Forest County Potawatomi Tribe, three businesses and a Madison alderwoman have been recognized by the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council for their support of the state's urban and community forest resources.

The Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council advises the Department of Natural Resources on the best ways to preserve, protect, expand and improve the state's urban and community forest resources.

"The Urban Forestry Awards are a way to recognize and thank individuals and organizations for their work and dedication," said Kelli Tuttle, president of Bluestem Forestry Consulting and council chair. "The awards are also intended to help focus attention on a valuable community resource: the trees, plantings and habitat that are an integral part of Wisconsin's forest resource."

Winners of this year's Urban Forestry Awards are:

  • David Liska, retired Waukesha City Forester, received the Lifetime Achievement Award;
  • Michael J. Wendt, instructor and instructional chair of the Milwaukee Area Technical College Landscape Horticulture Program, received the Distinguished Service Award;
  • Marsha Rummel, City of Madison Alder, recipient of the Elected Official Distinguished Service Award;
  • Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, City of Oshkosh-Forestry and Ranger Services Inc., received the Project Partnership Award for the Oshkosh Taking Root Fund;
  • City of Waukesha Forestry and We Energies received the Project Partnership Award;
  • Forest County Potawatomi Tribe, received an Innovations in Urban Forestry Award
  • Sustainable Resources Institute Inc. Executive Director Don Peterson, City of Oak Creek City Forester Rebecca Lane, DNR Forest Utilization and Marketing Specialist Terry Mace, and DATCP Plant Pest and Disease Specialist Anna Healy, received Innovations in Urban Forestry awards.
  • More information on the winners and their achievements can be found at Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council Annual Awards.

    The award recipients were announced earlier this year at the annual Wisconsin Arborist Association-DNR urban forestry conference in Green Bay. Award plaques and local recognition were provided at award ceremonies in the honorees' home communities.

    Nominations sought for 2012 awards

    "Now is an excellent time to look around and identify the individual, agency or organization whose respect for and work in support of their community's urban forestry resource should be recognized," said Tuttle.

    Detailed information for submitting a nomination can be found on the Urban Forestry Council Awards web page. Nominations and supporting materials must be completed by Dec. 30, 2011 to be considered.

    "One way to celebrate Arbor Day and Earth Day in Wisconsin is to spend some time in your community to enjoy the parks, trees and other plantings that make up your urban forest, and identify the people who are helping to nurture and preserve this often-overlooked resource," Tuttle said. "Now is a perfect time to nominate someone for an Urban Forestry Award."

    CONTACT: Laura Wyatt (608) 267-0568

    Last Revised: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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