UCW is Awarded APA OH's Best Practice Award for Columbus Urban Forest Master Plan. The Best Practice category recognizes the development of an innovative planning tool, practice, program or process. In the City of Columbus, tree canopy has been identified as vital city infrastructure, as trees reduce urban stressors” cleaning the air and water, improving public health, providing shade, reducing heat stress and energy costs, intercepting stormwater and much more. However, no long-term strategic planning has ever been done in Columbus for tree canopy. The Urban Forestry Master Plan serves as a blueprint to improve Columbus residents' quality of life through investment in urban trees. The 2021 Columbus Urban Forestry Master Plan is the first citywide, long-term strategic plan to prioritize, preserve and grow Columbus' urban forest. Read the full press release here.
Jenny Gulick awarded the PGMS President's Award. Every year, the President of PGMS presents an award to an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to PGMS or the grounds management profession. In this case, Jenny was awarded for doing both. She has been the PGMS Greater Cincinnati Branch President for over 15 years, participated on numerous PGMS committees, and most recently served two terms on the Board as a Director-At-Large. PGMS describes Jenney as “an engaged leader who is passionate about arboriculture as well as the green industry as a whole.” Over the course of Jenny’s career, she has provided leadership and technical guidance to a wide variety of national, regional, and local organizations, such as ISA, APWA, and the Kentucky Division of Forestry, to help promote urban forestry and elevate the people and programs that manage and protect our forest resources. Jenny says, “I’m pleased to receive this honor and am grateful for the opportunity to offer my experience and leadership to such a great organization.”
Article: The Increasing Value of Outdoor Urban Spaces. UCW's Boston Urban Forest Plan project caught the attention of writer Nadja Sayej who recently wrote this piece for Propmodo, a real estate website. Nadja interviewed our Rachel Comte about the value of trees in urban spaces. Check it out!
Jenny Gulick honored by Hamilton County Parks!
Women Conservationists in Hamilton County Parks - WCPO
Urban Canopy Works and landscape architecture firm Stoss Landscape Urbanism will be leading Boston's new urban forest plan!
Denver Wants to Fix a Legacy of Environmental Racism - The New York Times
How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering - The New York Times
Cities Step up Bid for Green Pandemic Recovery - The Straits Times
Trees are Key to Fighting Urban Heat Island, but Cities Keep Losing Them - NPR
Paris Wants to Grow ‘Urban Forests’ at Famous Landmarks - CityLab
PGMS School of Grounds Management Annual Conference - October 19-22, 2021
Jenny will be presenting on the importance and creation of a Tree Risk Management Plan for tree and landscape managers.
Virtual Workshop: Up Your Engagement Game
Thursday, February 25, 2021, 1-3p.m. EST
Being a leader can be difficult when you are trying to build partnerships among residents, city staff, community organizations and businesses. How effective are you at engaging your community? Our work almost always requires it. When you bring people together, are you asking the right questions? Are people listening to each other? Who is not at the table that should be? Do your facilitation skills need updating? In this workshop you will learn and practice how to hone your listening skills and how to incorporate "six conversations: that can be used to help people deeply listen to one another and take ownership for a thriving tree canopy.
2021 Tri-State Green Industry Conference
Thursday, February 4, 2021, 8-4:30 p.m. EST
Jenny Gulick will be speaking at Trees Please! How to Protect this most Valuable Ecosystem Asset during Construction. Urban growth and land development threaten mature trees and the numerous ecosystem services they provide. But, with a little knowledge, planning, and targeted action, these incredible property assets and their benefits can be preserved.