City Trees

January/February 2013

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2012 SMA AWARDS Presented at the Sacramento Conference Banquet HONORARY MEMBERSHIP Honorary membership is bestowed upon someone who is not a member of SMA but who has, through their service to our profession, earned our gratitude. This year's honoree is Professor and Interim Entomology Chair Dr. Dan Herms at The Ohio State University & Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Dr. Herms has been at the forefront of research regarding emerald ash borer (EAB) ecology and management, tree and ecosystem response, and control methods. Dr. Herms continues to contribute critical information that our members can use to prepare for and battle EAB through his research, writing, speaking, and teaching. He is also a member of the SMA's ad hoc EAB Science Panel. We thank him for his dedicated support to our profession. AWARD OF ACHIEVEMENT The award of achievement is presented to a member who has shown exceptional commitment to the urban forest resource and/or to the public that we serve. In 2012, the SMA presents the Award of Achievement to Gordon Mann. Gordon has many years of experience as a municipal forester and now as a consultant based in California. His name will be familiar to many of you due to his dedicated service as our long-time representative on the ANSI A-300 Committee, as a past SMA Board Member, and as a frequent contributor to City Trees and the SMA Listserve, and elsewhere. Gordon is also on the board of the California Urban Forests Council and has served in a variety of roles in the ISA Western Chapter, the Sacramento Tree Foundation, the California Arborists Association, and the American Society of Consulting Arborists, among others. His ongoing work to serve both trees and people is inspirational. LEGACY PROJECT The Board and the Awards Committee worked together this year to develop a new SMA award—one that recognizes a community, agency, or organization that has raised public awareness of and appreciation for urban trees. The project must demonstrate innovation, partnerships, and community engagement. It must also involve an ISA Certified Municipal Specialist and promote and implement best management practices such as interdisciplinary cooperation, low maintenance design, or enhanced biodiversity that enhance the long-term sustainability of the urban forest. We are pleased to announce that the winner of the very first The new Legacy Project Award went to the Ohio Division of Forestry for their Ash Removal and Canopy Restoration Grant program. Anne Cumming of the USFS accepted on their behalf. Photo by Steve Cothrel Legacy Project Award is the Ohio Division of Forestry, for their Ash Removal and Canopy Restoration Grant Program. This program was created through a partnership between the US Forest Service, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and various municipalities in Ohio. Federal funding was distributed as matching grants to dozens of EAB-threatened or ravaged communities. The Division used an application process that ultimately strengthened existing municipal programs, stimulated the private sector through tree removal and required tree planting, educated citizens and local officials, promoted biodiversity along with "Right Tree, Right Place," and increased vigilance for EAB across the state. The program has been administered by the state's network of regional urban foresters who work with tree commissions, non-profits, and municipal staff to guarantee results. This two-year program has dramatically improved public safety, citizen awareness, and community stewardship of Ohio's urban forests. AWARD OF MERIT The Award of Merit is presented each year to the SMA member who has contributed in an outstanding and meritorious way to the advancement of the SMA's goals and to advancing the principles, ideals, and practices of municipal arboriculture and urban forestry. Award of Merit recipients are leaders in our profession who also reach people in other disciplines and walks of life. This year's Award of Merit honoree epitomizes the qualities 29

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