Excellence in Urban Forestry Awards
Do you know an individual or organization deserving to be recognized for their good work for community trees? The 2019 Award Recipients will be honored at the November 7 Awards Luncheon at the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Center in Stone Mountain Park.
THE DEADLINE FOR AWARD NOMINATIONS IS SEPTEMBER 13, 2019. THE NEW AWARD NOMINATIONS FORM WILL BE POSTED SOON. LOOK FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT!
Each year the Georgia Tree Council rewards individuals, organizations, businesses, municipalities, and counties for outstanding work in protecting and enhancing our community forests. One Grand Award is given to each of the following categories: Marketing, Streetscape Revitalization, Greenspace Plan, New Development, New Initiative, Business, Media, Civic Organization, Community, Elected/Appointed Official, Education, Individual Achievement, Student, and Urban Arboriculture.
2019 Award Recipients
The 2018 Mary Helen Ray Legacy Award
Dr. Don Gardner - for a career of stewardship, inspiring commitment, and visionary leadership in developing and growing Savannah's urban forest program and his dedicated service as a coastal area UGA extension agent. Pictured above with Dr. Gardner are Art Morris, GUFC President 2018 (right) and Bill Haws, President-Elect (left).
Outstanding Greenspace Plan Grand Award
The Stone Mountain Memorial Association Land Management Committee - for management of their urban forest, which reduces surface temperatures from the parking lots, improves air quality, assists with erosion control, enhances water quality, provides southern forest and unique rock outcrop habitat, all while providing recreation opportunities to four million visitors annually.
Outstanding New Development Grand Award
Carlsen Precision Manufacturing, Rome GA - For the preservation of large, established trees on the construction site of their new facility.
Outstanding Civic Organization Grand Award
Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful and its "Grow Albany" program - for their multi-phase, multi-year tree planting initiative designed to engage the community in re-planting trees lost to the 2017 storms.
Outstanding Community Grand Award
Main Street Toccoa - For their grassroots efforts in preserving Toccoa's tree canopy, educating and involving citizens - both adults and kids - and growing their partnerships to keep going strong as a Tree City USA.
Outstanding New Initiative Grand Award
Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation's Mow-Free Zone Program - For creating environmental and economic benefits, not to mention aesthetic and natural beauty, by creating "mow-free" zones in its parks. A decline in fuel and equipment usage assists in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, creates habitat for birds, butterflies and other animals, and and allows native wildflowers to bloom - all increasing biodiversity in its lands.
Outstanding Education Grand Award
Newton College and Career Academy, Marcus Pollard - For creating an urban forestry segment for his program at the Career Academy, creating an arboretum at the school, and opening students' and educators' eyes to careers in urban forestry, all while supporting local businesses and the community. Pictured with Marcus are GUFC 2018 President-Elect Bill Haws and 2018 President Art Morris.
Outstanding Individual Achievement Grand Award
Mark Law - For his dedication to urban forestry efforts in Milton, North Fulton County and Georgia. City of Milton Arborist Mark Law has been instrumental to North Fulton County's lush tree canopy by encouraging development projects and homeowner to see the benefits of keeping and planting more trees than the minimum requisites of the ordinances. A recent i-Tree canopy study showed that developed residential subdivisions in Milton had above 60% - and up to 76% - tree canopy, which is well over the minimimum requirements. Mark's work has also included obtaining Milton's Tree City USA status, working on a tree inventory and management plan, and starting Milton's first city arboretum.
2018 President's Award
Briarlake Community Forest Alliance - For their successful efforts in educating both citizens and officials alike about the negative consequences of allowing the rezoning and development of their forest at the intersection of Briarlake Road and Amberwood Drive in DeKalb County, Georgia. Their smart efforts led to the preservation of their urban forest for the benefit of the community.