Nominations sought for 2018 tree steward awards

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Nominations for the 2018 Vermont Tree Stewards Awards will be accepted until March 30.

The awards are sponsored by the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program, a partnership of University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. Winners will be honored at a special recognition ceremony at the Vermont Arbor Day Conference on May 3 in Montpelier.

To nominate a tree or forest champion and view a list of past award winners, visit go.uvm.edu/ucf-awards.

Awards include:

The Hamilton Award: This award, created in 2017 in honor of Dr. Larry Hamilton, a former Charlotte tree warden who died in 2016, is presented annually to a tree warden who has significantly advanced the goals of urban and community forestry through successful forestry practices, effective conservation planning, increased citizen engagement and public education;

The Leader Award: For any individual who, through services to his or her community or organization, has shown strong leadership and dedication in carrying out an urban or community forestry effort;

The Unsung Hero Award: This award honors an individual and/or group for sustained efforts that go above and beyond to make a difference in a community’s urban and community forest.

The Volunteer Group/Community Award: Any organization, team, ad/hoc group or community that has demonstrated a strong commitment in introducing or sustaining an urban and community forestry project within their community may be nominated; and

The Youth/Student Award: This award recognizes an individual or group, from kindergarten through college, for significant contributions to an activity, publication or ceremony, or who has shown continued interest in the advancement of the goals of urban and community forestry.

Anyone with questions should contact Gwen Kozlowski at [email protected], or (802) 651-8343, extension 506. — from UVM Extension.

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