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2016 CRTI Urban Forestry Awards

 

The 2016 CRTI Urban Forestry Awards were given out at a ceremony during our annual Partner Recognition Celebration on October 5th. See a slideshow of our winners here.

 
The 2016 CRTI Urban Forestry Award winners are:
 
 
Best Natural Area/Woodland Conservation
Lake County Forest Preserve District
 
Outstanding Community Advocate
London Towne Houses Cooperative
 
Most Innovative Urban Forestry Program
Steve Ludwig, General Services Superintendent in the Village of Algonquin
 
Most Sustainable Tree Program
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
 
Neighborhood Tree Champion
Possibility Place Nursery
 
Partnerships for Success
Bartlett Tree Experts and NeighborSpace
 
Forestry Professional of the Year
Michael Collins, Village Forester for the Village of Riverside
 
 
 
 
View pictures and descriptions of the winning projects, programs, and communities below.
 
 
Best Natural Area/Woodland Conservation
Jim Anderson, Director of Natural Resources
 
The Lake County Forest Preserve District is receiving a 2016 CRTI Urban Forestry Award in the category, "Best Natural Area/Woodland Conservation" for their efforts in canopy thinning for oak regeneration, including the accompanying successful resident education campaign. Furthermore, we are recognizing their efforts to work with partners, including residents, to eradicate buckthorn.
 
 
 
 
Best Use of Volunteers
Daniella Pereira, Regional Forester
 
For training 1800 TreeKeeper volunteers and engaging communities around Chicago.
 
 
 
 
Outstanding Community Advocate
JoAnn Kenner, President
 
London Towne Houses Cooperative is receiving a 2016 CRTI Urban Forestry Award in the category, "Outstanding Community Advocate" for being a proactive group of residents who take tree planting and care into their own hands. They've worked diligently to acquire, plant, and care for trees by working with Openlands, the Alderman, and MWRD.
 
 
 
 
Most Innovative Urban Forestry Program
Steve Ludwig, General Services Superintendent
 
They received a 2016 CRTI Urban Forestry Award in the category, "Most Innovative Urban Forestry Program" for their Urban Forestry Management Program. In the nomination process, they were specifically called out for their full tree inventory integrated into an assets management system, their municipal nursery where you grow selected species, and other steps they've taken for your trees to receive a high level of care while minimizing costs.
 
 
 
 
Most Sustainable Tree Program
David St. Pierre, Executive Director
 
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District is receiving a 2016 CRTI Urban Forestry Award in the category, "Most Sustainable Tree Program" for working with volunteers to distribute more than 14,000 oak tree saplings as part of your Restore the Canopy, Plant a Tree program. They truly made use of the opportunity to educate the region about the importance of trees and the lasting benefits trees provide in assisting property owners and residents in managing the influx of stormwater flowing through local communities due to changing weather patterns.
 
 
 
 
Neighborhood Tree Champion
Connor Shaw, owner and founder
 
Possibility Place Nursery is receiving a 2016 CRTI Urban Forestry Award in the category, "Neighborhood Tree Champion" for their continued partnerships with communities and non-profit agencies around the region, for their support of OAKtober, and for their extensive education and outreach on native plants and oak ecosystems. Their nursery holds the high standards of growing trees native to this region and sourcing seeds from local sources.
 
 
 
 
Partnerships for Success
Ben Helphand, Executive Director of NeighborSpace
Erik Grossnickle, Commercial Arborist Representative at Bartlett Tree Experts
 
Bartlett Tree Experts and NeighborSpace are receiving a 2016 CRTI Urban Forestry Award in the category, "Partnerships for Success" for their past three years working together to provide forestry services and training to Chicago’s community gardens. Community gardens, such as the ones supported by NeighborSpace, are vital green spaces that improve the quality of life wherever they exist. Bartlett Tree Experts has supported NeighborSpaces efforts with pro-bono emergency tree removals, pruning, soil collection and analysis, mutually-beneficial wood chip delivery, and educational workshops. 
 
 
 
 
Forestry Professional of the Year
Michael Collins, Village Forester for the Village of Riverside
 
Riverside has some of the best species diversity in the region due to your conscientious planning. Mr. Collins has led the way in effective volunteer management and resident engagement. He expanded out of standard urban forestry projects by becoming an arboretum. His efforts in risk management, invasive species control, and plant pathology have led to a healthy canopy. Outside of his work with the Village of Riverside, his work with CRTI has helped us reach out to more than 200 forestry professionals in the region with Community Tree Networks and other educational resources. Thank you for leading by example!