If so, the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Council wants to know.
Each year, the council recognizes a new team of Vermont Tree Stewards and the council is seeking nominations for 2009. This is your opportunity to let the tree tenders in your community, the town forest stewards or the professionals who go out on a limb for trees know you applaud them.
"These awards help us say thank you for their work to truly make Vermont's communities green," said Mike Fallis, council chairman. "Vermonters across the state are doing great work to enhance our state's urban and community forests."
Awards will be given out in five categories:
Community: A city or town in Vermont that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to, and achievement in, urban and community forestry. Practitioner: An individual who, through the course of his/her professional work, has contributed to the improvement of urban or rural landscapes in a community or who has created or administered a program that has benefited the urban and community forestry initiative throughout Vermont.
Volunteer Group: An organization, team or ad hoc group who, through their volunteer efforts, has shown outstanding dedication and commitment in introducing or sustaining an urban and community forestry project within their community.
Leader: An individual who, through their services to their community or organization, has shown leadership and dedication in carrying out a community or urban forestry objective.
Youth/Student: Recognition of an individual or group, from elementary to college, who has contributed in a noteworthy way to an activity, publication or ceremony, or has shown, continued interest in the advancement of the goals of urban and community forestry.
Provide a summary, which includes the work accomplished to justify the nomination for that given category and how it positively affected an urban and community project. Send nominations to Danielle Fitzko at 103 South Main St., 10 South, Waterbury 05671 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Awards will be presented at a statehouse ceremony in December.