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Forestry Board recognizes Urban Forestry award winners
Contacts:
Cynthia Orlando, 503-945-7421, caorlando@odf.state.or.us
Paul Ries, 503-945-7391, pries@odf.state.or.us
 
The Oregon Board of Forestry honored eight Oregonians for their commitment to community tree care today at its business meeting in Salem. The 2010 Urban Forestry awards recognize individuals, groups and businesses that have made outstanding efforts to enhance and maintain healthy community forests.
 
Winners in the eight award categories include:
 
Citizen volunteer and civic organization: White Oak Committee
Roberta Schwarz of West Linn was honored for her work with the White Oak Committee that raised more than $1 million to purchase and preserve part of a rare Oregon white oak savanna property.
 
Development: Pringle Creek Community
The Pringle Creek Community of Salem successfully preserved more than 80 percent of the existing trees on a site it developed into a sustainable community that aims to integrate green building, energy efficiency and respect for the natural environment.
 
Oregon Tree City of the Year: City of McMinnville
The City of McMinnville was honored for its efforts to encourage residents to plant, protect and maintain trees in the northwestern Oregon community. City government staff worked to assure that this historic town retained its charm and livability by caring for its trees.
 
Business: Ascending the Giants
Cutting-edge photography and video work promoting the ecological importance of champion trees garnered an Urban Forestry award for the firm, “Ascending the Giants.” Arborists Brian French and Will Koomjian are conducting a series of expeditions to climb and measure the largest tree of each species.
 
President’s Award: Ed Jensen, OSU
Ed Jensen, an associate dean at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, was recognized for his long record of accomplishment in forestry education, outreach and advocacy. Jensen co-authored the popular handbook, “Trees to Know in Oregon.” He develops, runs and evaluates natural resource education programs at the college.
 
Professional: Nancy Buley, J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.
As marketing and communications director for J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., one of Oregon’s premier nurseries, Nancy Buley has been a tireless advocate for trees. Earlier this year she visited all of Oregon’s congressional and senate offices in Washington, D.C. to encourage support for tree-planting legislation.
 
Government: Clean Water Services, Randy Lawrence
Randy Lawrence and Clean Water Services launched the “Tree for All” program in the Tualatin River Watershed. The program is currently ahead of schedule in working toward its goal to plant 2 million trees in the watershed in 20 years.
 
Professional: Jennifer Wilson and The Wetlands Conservancy
Jennifer Wilson of Tualatin and The Wetlands Conservancy planted more than 15,000 native wetland shrubs and trees in spring 2010. She also excels in teaching children about the natural world.
 
Oregon Community Trees, a conservation organization that promotes healthy urban and community forests, jointly hosted the presentation of the Urban Forestry awards with the Board of Forestry at the meeting held at Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, 2600 State St., in Salem.