MN Community Forestry Awards

Sponsored by Minnesota Society of Arboriculture (MSA) and the Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee (MNSTAC). Together, 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 using the Nomination Form.

Award Categories

MSA President’s AwardBestowed by the MSA President onto someone who has made significant contributions to MSA and the field of Arboriculture.
Leadership Award – Awarded for outstanding service and commitment to the advancement of community forestry. This is the highest achievement award.
Outstanding Volunteer Service Award – Awarded to the individual or organization whose service has contributed most significantly to community forestry.
Outstanding Project Award – Awarded to the individual or organization that has organized and implemented the most innovative and successful project.
Treescaping Award – Using trees in a unique and desirable landscape form through outstanding efforts in the promotion of community forestry best management practices.
Practitioners Award of Excellence – Awarded to an arborist and/or practitioner and/or community for dedicated service and support to the practice of arboriculture.


2016 Award Recipients

MSA President’s Award – Rod Rodman

Leadership Award – Eric North awarded for outstanding leadership and commitment to the advancement of community forestry, this is the highest achievement award.  Eric was triple nominated for this award which is a reflection of his popularity.

Outstanding Volunteer Service Award – Lynn and George Welles received this award for their dedication to the Minnesota Chapter’s Tree Climbing Championship.  TCC is a year-long commitment filled with tons of logistics, mastering knowledge, recruiting volunteers, finding new sites, recruiting prizes and sponsorship…not to mention managing the day’s competitions.

Outstanding Volunteer Service Award – The Midtown-Frogtown Arborators Band is a collective of metro area arborists, forestry students, and lovers of trees with instruments.  They perform polkas, waltzes, and other upbeat tunes.

Outstanding Project Award – Jen Gelhar Awarded for leading, coordinating, laboring, recruiting, promoting, crafting and more for the MNDOT Community Roadside Partnership along the Litlle Bohemia Bike Trail, which runs along the eastern edge of Interstate 35E in St.Paul. Little Bohemia a St Paul neighborhood

Outstanding Project Award – Target Volunteer Council, Ryan Companies, and S&S Tree and Horticultural Services worked together to Improve the School Grounds at the American Indian Magnet School at 3rd and Burns in St. Paul. The wooded area was taken over by buckthorn and home to homeless people.

Outstanding Project Award – Patti Sullivan Awarded for the Roseville Community Orchard Patti worked diligently for the past three years to create a community orchard. She was responsible for coordinating meetings with contractors which directly lead to the installation of fencing, irrigation, and signage. She worked with The Food Group on the selection of the plant material and worked with the City’s Volunteer Coordinator to manage the volunteer groups who planted, mulched, composted and labeled all of the plants.

Treescaping Award – The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Forestry Department collaborated with City of Public Works to develop a Forestry Supplement that was incorporated into the City Standard Specifications.

Practitioners Award of Excellence – Steve Schumacher fits this role well. Steve is always ready and willing to help out where he can.

Practitioners Award of Excellence – Tony Molitor Awarded for his teaching and mentorship with new hires as well as fellow parks maintenance staff on chainsaw safety operations, chainsaw maintenance, tree felling, wood chipper and clam truck operations.  Due to his hard work and tree related talents applied to the tree infrastructure, Eden Prairie remains a desirable place to live and work.