The Indiana Urban Forest Council, Inc. (IUFC) and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Community and Urban Forestry (CUF) program presented eight annual awards for outstanding projects at the recent IUFC 20th annual fall urban forestry conference at the Fort Harrison Inn in Indianapolis.
The awards were presented by Pamela C. Louks, IDNR, CUF coordinator, and Lindsey Purcell, IUFC president.
A panel of judges, all members of the IUFC, reviewed 21 nominations received as a result of a call for nominations late last summer. Nominees were judged on local to statewide impacts of their urban forestry work.
Awards were presented in seven categories-Outstanding Business: Carmel Crooked Stick Golf Club-Fairways to Greenways project; Civic Group: Patoka 2000 (Jasper); Individual: Kevin Runion (Indiana State University); Municipality: Fortville; Projects: 100 Acres-Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park (Indianapolis Museum of Art); Tree Stars Day (Carmel); Tree Board: Bloomington Tree Commission; Indiana Community Tree Steward: Joe Stasey (Hamilton County).
The IUFC is the statewide 501C3 urban forestry not-for-profit, membership to which is open to anyone who has an interest in urban forestry/urban natural resources. For organization and membership information, go to iufc.org or call (317) 489-8775.
The IDNR, CUF program offers technical urban forestry and grant assistance to cities, towns, and not-for-profit groups. CUF may be contacted by phone at (317) 591-1170.
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