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February 10, 2015

MADISON - The efforts of individuals, organizations and communities to ensure there are healthy, thriving trees in urban areas that can make a community unique and special were recently recognized by the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council.

Jeff Treu, chair of the council's award committee, said the awards are presented to local leaders who take it upon themselves to care for a resource that many take for granted.

"These awards honor those who not only appreciate the beauty of trees, but recognize their value. Well-managed trees pay back their communities three-times the cost to plant and to maintain them," says Treu. "They clean air, hold soil in place, increase property values, help manage storm water, and comprise our urban forest -- the forest where we live."

The Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council reviewed many worthy nominations and selected the following for the five 2015 awards, which were announced at the 2015 Wisconsin Arborist Association/DNR conference in La Crosse in January and will be presented to award winners in their individual communities at special events.

Distinguished Service: This award recognizes an individual for their outstanding contributions to urban forestry in Wisconsin.

Project Partnership: This award recognizes outstanding projects completed through partnerships to provide services or benefits to the urban forest.

Innovation: This award recognizes the creativity, commitment and success of urban forestry efforts. There are two winners in this category.

Lifetime Achievement: This award recognizes outstanding contributions to urban forestry in Wisconsin demonstrated throughout a lifetime career.

Interested in previous winners? Have ideas for nominees? The deadline for 2016 nominees is Nov. 30, 2015. However, you can nominate your tree champions any time. Learn more by searching the DNR website,, for kewords Urban Forestry.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Olivia Shanahan, Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council Liaison, 608-267-3775

Last Revised: Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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