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:
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