Forestry Programs Receive Green Communities Achievement Award

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Posted: Monday, October 30, 2017 6:50 pm

TRENTON, N.J. -- The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has honored four people and organizations with the 2017 Green Communities Achievement Award, recognizing them for outstanding contributions to urban and community forestry, Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

The 2017 recipients are: James Cunningham, New Jersey Tree Foundation Green Streets Crew Supervisor; Joseph McCartney, West Orange Open Space Commission chairman; the city of Clifton; and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program.

The awards were presented at the New Jersey Shade Tree Federation’s 92nd Annual Conference Dinner.

Exemplary work in urban and community forestry, whether public or private, is eligible for the awards program. The Green Communities Awards recognize up to four recipients per year in the following categories: Individual, Municipality, Forestry/Arboricultural Industry, and Non-profit/Non-governmental organization.

Through these awards, achievement in urban and community forestry is recognized for:

  • Improving the environment in New Jersey’s communities through wise management of trees and forest resources, and the development of a self-sustaining local urban and community forestry program
  • Raising awareness of the value of urban and community trees and forests in New Jersey through education and outreach
  • Enhancing the beauty of New Jersey’s cities and towns with programs and projects for trees and forests
  • Providing exceptional effort and meritorious contributions to the field of urban and community forestry in New Jersey.

This year’s awardees exemplify the spirit of this award. Awardees are selected by the New Jersey Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program, the New Jersey Community Forestry Council and the New Jersey Tree Foundation.

SOURCE: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

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