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Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council2019 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

Award winner: Ted Pyrek

Potrait of Ted Pyrek Sign for the town of Horicon

Ted Pyrek is recognized posthumously for his over 30-year leadership and dedication promoting and improving urban forestry in the City of Horicon. He was instrumental in the creation of the city's Tree Board, in securing their first and subsequent Tree City USA designations and was an integral part of 30 years of Arbor Day celebrations. He engaged a wide array of local citizens in these efforts, including many service groups (Rotarians, Lions, Jaycees, Kiwanians), Explorer Scouts, city officials, students from elementary school through high school and their teachers. Ted's impact will endure, and his work will continue to provide multiple benefits to the community for decades.

Project Partnership

Award winner: Rotary International District

Members of the club planting a tree Members posing in front of Westlawn Woods sign

Rotary International District 6270 is recognized for an extraordinary partnership between various local clubs, municipalities, other service organizations and citizens to plant over 6,600 trees through more than 3,000 service hours with over $144,000 invested in community trees. This was in response to a challenge from Rotary International in 2017-2018 to plant one tree for every member of their club; this district went above and beyond their original goal to plant 2,900 trees. The benefits these trees provide will enrich the lives of all people in the communities that participated for a long time.

Innovations in Urban Forestry

Award winner: Golden Sands Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc.

Employees holding emerald ash borer tape used for indicating treated trees Ash trees with green tape around them

Golden Sands Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. receives this year’s innovation award to recognize over 20 years of creatively working with cities, villages, towns, private businesses and the WI DNR to prepare citizens and municipalities to care for their urban forest resources. They are currently working with 18 communities ranging in size from 200 to close to 40,000 citizens and have used various strategies to communicate messages covering a wide range of tree care topics.

Distinguished Service

Award winner: Sally Prideaux

Children holding an Arbor Day banner Sally and others posing next to a small tree

Sally Prideaux is honored for her decades of service to the Village of Amherst. She has been the continuous face of Amherst’s Community Forestry Program for over 20 years, through her involvement with the Amherst Tree Board, organizing the local Arbor Day celebrations and spending countless hours caring for the beautiful trees lining the village streets. Sally’s long-term commitment of service to her hometown community and residents in the area will have a long-lasting positive effect on the village for years to come.

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. Leadership award recognizes an individual or 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 or citizen 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 do 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 For additional information, please contact a member of the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council member or regional urban forestry coordinator.

Last Revised: Thursday June 20 2019