Awards

MN Community Forestry Awards

Sponsored by Minnesota Society of Arboriculture (MSA) and the Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee (MNSTAC)

We are always looking for ways to highlight the work we do (in the industry) and people who are making a difference. Awards are given at the Shade Tree Short Course, which happens in March of every year. Nominations are due by February 6th of each year.

The President’s Award is given every year at the MSA fall conference; this is an honor bestowed by the MSA President onto someone who has made significant contributions to MSA and the field of Arboriculture.

To nominate someone you think deserves recognition, please do so now: Nomination Form.

Past MSA Award Recipients

2014

Presidents Award

Gail Nozal

2013

Volunteer Service AwardAwarded to the individual or organization whose service has contributed most significantly to community forestry.

Glen Hambleton
Glen worked on a Best Planting Practices guide for Minnesota along with Cameron Kytonen, the city forester of Andover. The project included review of scientific literature and survey of practitioners. There was no financial gain; it was a labor of love for trees.  Glen is a trained Tree Care Advisor and has logged more than 1,000 hours in local and state projects. He serves on committees including the MnSTAC Board of Directors, and assists with forums and seminars. He throws his spirit into outreach whenever he can.

Volunteer Service AwardAwarded to the individual or organization whose service has contributed most significantly to community forestry.

Frogtown Tree Frogs
The City of Saint Paul Forestry Section forged a partnership with the group now known as the Frogtown Tree Frogs, with the goal to increase tree canopy cover on private property in Frogtown. Arbor Day in Frogtown is a model for all Arbor Day celebrations in Saint Paul, with the Arborators Band providing music, local healthy food advocates offering food cooking demonstrations, artists providing children’s crafts and the annual creation of the Dale Street Pop-up Tree Park. Without the commitment from the Tree Frogs a similar partnership in another neighborhood may not have lasted three years.

Treescaping AwardUsing trees in a unique and desirable landscape form through outstanding efforts in the promotion of community forestry best management practices.

Barb Spears
Barb is recognized for a residential tree inventory and tree planting project. Working on a shoe-string budget, she trained 25 of her neighbors (plus two Tree Care Advisors, two kids and two dogs) to identify measure and inventory the trees in their neighborhood. Following the inventory, Barb hustled for every donation dollar she could find and in the autumn of 2010, she spear-headed the purchase of 61 Minnesota-native trees representing five different species. She will continue with a status check and report in 2014.

Outstanding Project AwardAwarded to the individual or organization that has organized and implemented the most innovative and successful project.

Gina Hugo, Sherburne County Soil & Water Conservation District
Gina is said to have accomplished 20 years worth of community engagement and preparedness work last year in the Sherburne County cities of Big Lake, Becker, Elk River, Princeton and Zimmerman.

Outstanding Project AwardAwarded to the individual or organization that has organized and implemented the most innovative and successful project.

Cheryl Culbreth, CEO of Landscape Restorations
While busting buckthorn in Minnetonka, Cheryl innovated a handy tool that makes cut stump treatment of woody undesired plants such as buckthorn effective, handy, clean and efficient by applying the herbicide exactly where it needs to go; no heavy tanks or spill able cups in the woods. Cheryl gladly seizes any opportunity to educate people about buckthorn and garlic mustard management.

Practitioner’s Award of ExcellenceAwarded to an arborist and/ or practitioner and/or community for dedicated service and support to the practice of arboriculture.

Chad Giblin, University of Minnesota
Chad is recognized for excellence in elm research and outreach. He wrote the definitive tome on nurturing young and scrawny elms into towering and healthy canopies. “Pruning Young Elms” was authored by Chad in 2010, and he is currently working on a new edition. Chad is a highly sought-after speaker on elms and elm care in the eastern half of the US and regularly assists communities, tree care companies and volunteers with practical, field classes on elm planting and care. His love for elms carries the spirit of Dave French and the passion of Mark Stennes.

Leadership AwardAwarded for outstanding service and commitment to the advancement of community forestry. This is the highest achievement award.

Jim Vaughan, City of St. Louis Park
Jim is being recognized for dedicated service to Minnesota community forestry. His dedicated service to the committees and boards of both the Minnesota Society of Arboriculture and the Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee, including the Minnesota chapter liaison to the International Society of Arboriculture’s Council of Representatives are examples of the influence and involvement that we all should follow if we truly want Minnesota to be a national example for urban forestry. It’s hard to find a year when Jim isn’t part of a committee, sub-committee, ad-hoc committee or volunteer group on some tree care project. There are few members of MSA or MnSTAC who have been more involved than Jim during the last couple of decades. Jim is respected for his thoughtful perspectives on so many issues.

Toothless Saw
No Award for 2014