Prideaux Named Wisconsin Tree Champion

Lauded For Outstanding Community Service

The Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council recently announced recipients of awards honoring those dedicated to protecting, preserving and increasing the number of trees that line city streets, fill community parks and beautify neighborhoods throughout the state. Among those honored was Sally Prideaux, longtime resident of Amherst, who received the award for distinguished service.

“These awards honor individuals, organizations and communities for their hard work and dedication to trees and the critical benefits they provide,” said Kristin Gies, chair of the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council's award committee. “Each year we review the nominations and learn about the great things happening around Wisconsin that support healthy community forests.”

One of the principal organizers of last year’s Innovations in Urban Forestry Award winner, Ken Holman, chair of Hudson’s Urban Forestry (HUF) Board, shared that “this award has served as an ongoing source of pride and incentive for the HUF Board, citizen volunteers, teachers and especially the students who have taken real ownership in their Tree Treks project. The award for our Tree Treks Project gave all of those involved a real boost to create the next school/neighborhood trek and continue our community outreach efforts.”

This year’s recipients were announced recently at the 2019 Wisconsin Arborist Association/DNR urban forestry conference in Green Bay.

The association noted that “Prideaux is honored for her decades of service to the Village of Amherst. She has been the continuous face of Amherst’s Community Forestry Program for over 20 years, through her involvement with the Amherst Tree Board, organizing the local Arbor Day celebrations, and spending countless hours caring for the beautiful trees lining the village streets. Sally’s long-term commitment of service to her hometown community and residents in the area will have a long-lasting positive effect on the village for years to come.”

Additional recipients were the Rotary International District 6270, Golden Sands Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. of Plover, and Ted Pyrek of Horicon.

To learn more, see previous winners and nominate your community tree champion, visit dnr.wi.gov, keywords  Urban Forestry Council. The deadline for 2020 nominees is October 31, 2019. However, nominations for community tree champions are accepted any time.

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