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Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council2018 awards

The Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council presents annual awards to outstanding individuals, organizations, communities and tribes that further urban forestry in Wisconsin. The awards are announced each year at the annual Wisconsin Urban Forestry Conference and presented to winners in their community.

Lifetime achievement


Cindy Casey
Cindy Casey
Cindy Casey

Cindy Casey
Cindy Casey receives this award to honor her leadership and dedication promoting and improving urban forestry which has had a lasting impact in Wisconsin. She was recognized for outstanding contributions to urban forestry demonstrated throughout a lifetime career. Cindy served the Urban Forestry team of Wisconsin DNR for almost 30 years. In those decades, she impacted dozens of communities through tireless advocacy, building personal relationships, and responding to the unique needs of each situation. In addition to her positive effects on communities in West Central Wisconsin, her work with Wisconsin’s Community Tree Management Institute, K-12 Forestry Education Programming in Wisconsin and Wisconsin Urban Wood has had a positive impact across our entire state and even in other parts of the country.

Project partnership


Green Bay Area Arbor Day Seedling Distribution Project
Green Bay Area Arbor Day Seedling Distribution Project
Green Bay Area Arbor Day Seedling Distribution Project
Green Bay Area Arbor Day Seedling Distribution Project

Green Bay Area Arbor Day Seedling Distribution Project
The Green Bay Area Arbor Day Seedling Distribution Project was celebrated for 50 years of a successful partnership between Green Bay Public Schools, the City of Green Bay and the Village of Allouez to distribute seedlings to the children of Green Bay. The program was instituted to involve young people in an environmental experience by giving a tree to each child and teaching them how to care for their tree. Over the past five decades, 100,000 trees representing 27 species have been planted by area school children. The benefits these Arbor Day trees provide help enrich the lives of all people in the community and help keep the green in Green Bay. Many of these trees thrive today and are often mentioned as a source of pride. This project demonstrates the value of partnerships between students, city government, and community members working together to improve the community tree canopy while providing educational and civic engagement opportunities for school children.

We’d like to recognize the significant participants in the success of this project:

From the Green Bay Area Public Schools

  • Michelle S. Langenfeld, Superintendent of Schools and Learning
  • Andrea Landwehr, Executive Director for Elementary Education
  • Ann Barszcz, Executive Director of Elementary Education
  • Josh DePouw, Manager of Facilities Grounds

From the Village of Allouez Parks Department

  • Chris Clark, Parks Director

From the City of Green Bay

  • Mark Freberg, City Forester

Innovations in Urban Forestry

This category includes two winners.

Hudson Tree Treks Project
Hudson Tree Treks Project

Hudson Tree Treks Project
The Hudson Tree Treks Project started as way to enhance a Hudson elementary school project involving a student-run arboretum. This initial installation of a self-guided tree identification trail sparked interest for additional treks and brought in new partners. It has grown to include three separate Tree Trek trails involving multiple teachers and school children, citizens, city government, Chamber of Commerce, State Tourism Bureau, local Tree Board, and city business owners. This increased attention to the city’s trees has brought new awareness and support for the local goal of diversifying the tree canopy on public and private property and additional venues for sharing information about tree care and homeowner options.

Hudson Tree Treks Project
Hudson Tree Treks Project

Kenosha County Parks and Recreation Department’s Emerald Ash Borer Mechanized Tree Removal and Utilization Project
The removal costs to deal with the tens of thousands of local trees affected by emerald ash borer add up quickly — often to the tune of several million dollars. Through careful planning, municipal and industry professionals can find more affordable solutions beneficial to the forests, the bottom line, and the local economy. To reduce costs, Kenosha County successfully contracted with a company to remove affected trees in public parks and golf courses for a low cost per tree; this was possible because forest products from the Kenosha project were recovered and marketed to several in state forest products firms. This innovative approach can serve as a model for other communities with similar situations.

We’d like to recognize the significant participants in the success of this project:

  • Matthew Collins, current Director of Kenosha County Parks
  • Jon Rudie, retired Director of Kenosha County Parks
  • Jim Kreuser, Kenosha County Executive
  • Joe Ranchel, Petrifying Springs Park Superintendent
  • Nick Murphy, Fox River Park Superintendent
  • Don Peterson, President, Renewable Resource Solutions (project consultant)

Past recipients

Award recipients from previous years

Award categories

The Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council presents annual awards to outstanding individuals, organizations, communities and tribes that further urban forestry in Wisconsin. The awards are announced each year at the annual Wisconsin Urban Forestry Conference and presented to winners in their community. The five categories of awards are:

  1. Lifetime Achievement award recognizes outstanding contributions to urban forestry in Wisconsin demonstrated throughout a lifetime career.
  2. Distinguished Service award recognizes an individual for their outstanding contributions to urban forestry in Wisconsin.
  3. Project Partnership award recognizes outstanding projects that utilize partnerships as a means of providing services or benefits to the urban forest.
  4. Elected Official award recognizes an elected official at the county or local level of government who has made an outstanding recent contribution to urban forestry in Wisconsin. This could be a mayor, alderman, county executive, etc., who has gone above and beyond in their support. Wisconsin State Legislators who have made outstanding contributions to urban forestry will also be considered after they have completed their terms of office.
  5. Innovations in Urban Forestry award recognizes a community, individual, association or organization exhibiting outstanding innovations in the development or enhancement of an urban forestry project or program. This award recognizes the creativity, commitment and success of urban forestry efforts.

Nomination process

Nominations must be submitted by October 31 and include:

  • Suggested award category.
  • Name(s), address(es) and phone number(s) of the individual/organization, group, or project being nominated
  • Project name, if applicable.
  • Name(s), address(es) and phone numbers(s) of persons to be contacted regarding the nomination.
  • A description of the merits of the nominee or the achievements of the project or partnership. Include the goals/objectives of the project and detail the outcome or impact the action had on the community. Why you believe this nominee is deserving of the award? Feel free to attach any supporting documents (news clippings, photos, letters, etc.) that strengthen the nomination.

Please keep nominations to a maximum of two pages (not including attachments).

Nominations should be sent to the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council, PO Box 7921, Madison WI 53707 or can be emailed to Sara.Minkoff@Wisconsin.gov. For additional information, please contact a member of the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council member or regional urban forestry coordinator.

Last Revised: Tuesday April 10 2018