NC Urban Forestry Awards
Every year, the NC Urban Forest Council is honored to present state–wide Urban Forestry Awards. These distinguished awards recognize communities, organizations, and individuals for outstanding work in protecting and enhancing our community forests. An Urban Forestry Award serves to recognize and commend those who have been committed to creating healthy urban forests and raising community awareness of the importance of these types of projects.
All individuals, organizations, corporations, and institutions whose accomplishments have set an example of excellence in urban and community forestry are eligible for award consideration. Nomination criteria are as follows:
- Projects result in significant enhancement of the urban forest.
- Program accomplishments represent significant change for the betterment of the resource, setting a standard for future community forestry endeavors.
- Recognized activities have taken place within the past 3 years.
Urban Forestry Award Winnners for 2017 included:
Outstanding Professional – Laurie Reid, City of Charlotte
This award recognizes an individual who works for an organization whose business is related to urban forestry. The award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the urban forestry effort at the local, regional, or state level. Laurie Reid is the Assistant City Arborist for the City of Charlotte. Over the past two years her efforts to engage community members, developers and stakeholders from all areas significantly contributed to the preservation and enhancement of Charlotte's greatest natural resource, its award-winning tree canopy. She is an advocate for the urban forestry industry and is an officer for ISA’s Southern Chapter service as Director of North Carolina. She goes above and beyond her job responsibilities on a regular basis.
Outstanding Project – Cover Your Ash, Heartwood Tree Service, Patrick George
Recognizes an outstanding single project which has made a positive impact on the urban forest. We look for projects that are innovative and forward thinking and projects that can be used as an example across the state. Noticing a lack in awareness and concern of the impact of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) by the press or the public despite thousands of standing dead trees around the area, Heartwood Tree began a campaign to draw attention and educate the public on the importance of Ash to our urban canopy and how to show how they can be part of the solution. They decided to act and developed the CYA for EAB Program and put it into place in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. The goal of the program is to draw attention to the insect and educate the public about how important the Ash tree is to our canopy and the need to proactively treat for EAB. Heartwood is using multiple types of media, press and events to get the public engaged.
Outstanding Volunteer – Hunt McKimmon, Greenville ReLeaf
Recognizes an individual that has been instrumental in organizing or motivating urban forestry activities within a community. This award is important because it recognizes the efforts of someone who goes above and beyond, taking time out of their personal lives to advocate and advance urban forestry in their community. He understands that the community needs to be involved and understand tree care to have a success tree planting program. Hunt McKinnon has served as ReLeaf President for the past three years. His dedication to the organization and commitment to a greener Greenville inspire all who know him. In addition to his tireless efforts for the organization, Mr McKinnon is an assistant professor at East Carolina, and is a licensed architect who serves as the NC Eastern Section President for the American Institute of Architects.
Outstanding Tree Board – Town of Wake Forest
Given to the local board or committee that has made out-standing accomplishments in completing urban forestry projects, provided exemplary leadership, or made significant progress in meeting the goals of their local urban forestry program. This year’s winner exemplifies all three. The Town of Wake Forest has been a TCUSA community for 38 years and has had an active tree board since 1978. Over the years, the Urban Forestry Board has played a role in various Town projects and initiatives (development of an UF management plan, street tree inventory, development of a volunteer Tree Steward Program and tree nursery, advised on tree ordinance language, and the expansion of the Arbor Day Program). The Town of Wake Forest’s urban forestry program would not be where it is today without the support and dedication of the UFB.