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Wisconsin tree champions lauded for outstanding community service

Contact(s): Sara Minkoff, DNR Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council liaison, 608-669-5447, Sara.Minkoff@wisconsin.gov
February 26, 2019



MADISON - The Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council recently announced award recipients honoring those dedicated to protecting, preserving and increasing the number of trees that line city streets, fill community parks and beautify neighborhoods throughout the state. The Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council advises the Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry on the management of urban and community forest resources.

"These awards honor individuals, organizations and communities for their hard work and dedication to trees and the critical benefits they provide," said Kristin Gies, chair of the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council's award committee. "Each year we review the nominations and learn about the great things happening around Wisconsin that support healthy community forests."

One of the principal organizers of last year's Innovations in Urban Forestry Award winner, Ken Holman, chair of Hudson's Urban Forestry (HUF) Board, shared that "this award has served as an ongoing source of pride and incentive for the HUF Board, citizen volunteers, teachers and especially the students who have taken real ownership in THEIR Tree Treks project. The award for our Tree Treks Project gave all of those involved a real boost to create the next school/neighborhood trek and continue our community outreach efforts."

This year's recipients were announced recently at the 2019 Wisconsin Arborist Association/DNR urban forestry conference in Green Bay.

Rotary International District 6270 was recognized for an extraordinary partnership.  - Photo credit: DNR
Rotary International District 6270 was recognized for an extraordinary partnership, presented by council member Kristen Gies.  Golden Sands Resource Conservation and Development Council  received this year's innovation award.  - Photo credit: DNR
Golden Sands Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. received this year's innovation award. Presented to executive director Joshua Benes (r) by council member Dwayne Sperber. : Sally Prideaux was honored for her decades of service  - Photo credit: DNR
Sally Prideaux was honored for her decades of distinguished service, presented by council member Kristen Gies. DNR photos

To learn more, see previous winners and nominate your community tree champion, visit dnr.wi.gov, keyword, "Urban Forestry Council." The deadline for 2020 nominees is October 31, 2019. However, you can nominate your community tree champions any time.

Last Revised: Tuesday, February 26, 2019

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