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Georgia Forestry Commission retiree, Dale Higdon, has been named one of three finalists in the prestigious Cox Conserves Heroes awards program created by WSB-TV’s parent company, Cox Enterprises, and the Trust for Public land. The program honors volunteers like Dale, who lends his time and forestry expertise to to the Georgia Piedmont Land Trust, Mill Creek Nature Preserve, American Chestnut Foundation, Georgia Urban Forest Council, Walk in the Forest event with the Society of American Foresters Chattahoochee Chapter, and more.

Visit http://www.coxconservesheroes.com/atlanta/finalists.aspx​​ to view a video about Dale, his time with GFC and his genuine spirit of volunteerism that makes us proud to have had him as part of the GFC family.

Voting takes place in October and individuals are permitted to vote once. If Dale receives the most votes, The Georgia Piedmont Land Trust will receive a $10,000 award.

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The Georgia Forestry Foundation invites you to participate in a statewide contest to express the value of our sustainable working forests and what they mean to you through submission of artwork with a slogan. Schools that participate in the statewide contest will have an opportunity to win a prize valued up to $35,000.

There are two levels of competition:
1) 5th through 8th grade
2) 9th through 12th grade

One winner will be selected from each level. Each winning entry will be awarded a prize valued up to $35,000, which includes a $15,000 cash award to the school, $2,500 cash award and forestry camp scholarship to the student, Project Learning Tree environmental professional development for up to 20 teachers and an invitation to attend the Georgia Teacher Conservation Workshop for two teachers from the winning schools, a field trip for students in the grade level of each winning student, and materials featuring the winning artwork and slogan.

Also, the winning students, their parents or guardians and two school staff members from each of the winning schools will be invited (expenses paid) to attend an award ceremony on Sunday, July 20 at the Georgia Forestry Association’s Annual Conference in Hilton Head Island, SC. Full description of the prize package can be found in the contest terms and conditions found in the contest details.

Visit http://www.forestry4rfuture.org for more information. The contest deadline is April 30.

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Annually, as part of its mission to sustain Georgia’s green legacy by helping communities grow healthy trees, the Georgia Urban Forest Council enthusiastically rewards individuals, organizations, businesses, municipalities, and counties for outstanding work in protecting and enhancing our community forests. It is our goal that this awards program continues to give back to those who have been concerned about a healthy urban forest and also raises community awareness of the importance of these projects.

Outstanding work, whether public or private, is eligible for nomination. Individuals, non-profit organizations, businesses, municipalities and counties, schools, civic groups, and others are welcomed and encouraged to make nominations in more than one category. A nominee does not have to be a member of the Georgia Urban Forest Council. The awards program is open to all who have made a contribution to the urban forest in our communities. Click here to download an awards nomination form.

This year’s award recipients will be honored on October 24th at the 23rd Annual Excellence in Urban Forestry Awards Luncheon at the Columbus Georgia Convention and Trade Center. Recipients receive a framed print of a local tree by artist Barry Nehr.

The deadline for submissions is September 6.

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Each year, all across Georgia, individuals, organizations, businesses, elected officials, and communities are doing good things for our trees.  They are planting trees, preserving trees, and promoting the benefits of trees, and we need your help in identifying them and thanking them for their good work! 

The Georgia Urban Forest Council (GUFC) is calling for nominations for its 2012 Excellence in Urban Forestry Awards. One grand award is given to each of the following categories: Marketing, Streetscape Revitalization, Greenspace Plan, New Development, New Initiative, Business, Media, Civic Organization, Community, Elected/Appointed Official, Education, Individual Achievement, Student, and Urban Arboriculture.

Award winners will receive a limited edition framed print of a majestic Georgia tree commissioned solely for the contest. All winners will be featured on our website. Recipients will be recognized at GUFC’s 2012 Annual Conference Awards Luncheon on October 25, 2012 at the Del’avant Center in LaGrange, Georgia. 

For more details and an awards nomination form, click here. The deadline for nominations is September 14, 2012.

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Seven professionals have been selected as the International Society of Arboriculture’s (ISA’s) 2011 class of “True Professionals of Arboriculture.” These outstanding arborists are forging new ways to save the urban tree canopy, partnering with innovative tree planting programs, and teaching children around the world about the science of tree care.

Among a diverse group of True Professionals chosen for 2011 based on impacts to their communities and ability to  influence colleagues, Tim Womick holds a special place in the heart of Georgians. He leads our annual Trail of Trees Program held inthe state during Arbor Day week in February. 

The 2011 class of True Professionals of Arboriculture includes:

  • Richard Adkins (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Casey Combs (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • Mike Galvin (Washington, D.C.)
  • Gordon Mann (Auburn, California)
  • Carl Melllinger (Pacific Palisades, California)
  • William Spradley (Kirkwood, Missouri)
  • Tim Womick (Asheboro, North Carolina)

According to ISA Past-President Tim Gamma, diversity is among the many traits of this year’s True Professionals. “Each of these arborists is a consummate professional, and it is my belief their actions can serve as a best practices guide for our industry,” says Gamma. “The winners offer a unique approach to their trade, often enriching their communities and educating thousands about the importance of trees and proper tree care.”

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Profiles and case studies of the True Professionals will be featured on the ISA website and highlighted in future ISA publications such as Arborist News. Short biographies of each winner are available now.

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The Georgia Urban Forest Council (GUFC) is seeking nominations for the 2011 Georgia Urban Forestry Awards program. Annually, as part of its mission to sustain Georgia’s green legacy by helping communities grow healthy trees, GUFC rewards individuals, organizations, businesses, municipalities, and counties for outstanding work in protecting and enhancing our community forests. 

Outstanding work, whether public or private, is eligible for nomination. Individuals, non-profit organizations, businesses, municipalities and counties, schools, civic groups, and others are welcomed. The awards program is open to all who have made a contribution to the urban forest in our communities. Grand award recipients of this year’s Georgia Urban Forestry Awards will be recognized at GUFC’s 2011 Annual Conference Awards Luncheon on November 3 at the James Madison Conference Center in Madison, Georgia.

One Grand Award is given to each of the following categories: Marketing, Streetscape Revitalization, Greenspace Plan, New Development, New Initiative, Business, Media, Civic Organization, Community, Elected/Appointed Official, Education, Individual Achievement, Student, and Urban Arboriculture.  Award winners will receive a limited edition framed print of a majestic Georgia tree commissioned solely for the contest and will be featured on the GUFC website.

Nominate someone today! More information and a nomination application is available at www.GUFC.org.

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Atlanta’s 2011 Cox Conserves Heroes award nominations are now being taken.  WSB-TV is partnering with The Trust for Public Land to celebrate conservation in everyday life.  Local residents are asked to nominate their community volunteers who spend time creating, preserving, or enhancing outdoor environments.

A group of judges will choose the top five volunteers then the community will be asked to vote online for the winner.  The nominee who receives the most votes will be awarded $5,000 to donate to an environmental non-profit of their choice.  The other four finalists will receive $1,250 for donation to non-profits of their choice.

Nominations are being accepted through August 12 at 5:00 pm.

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