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CRANDON, WISCONSIN - The Forest County Potawatomi community received the 2011 Innovations in Urban Forestry award from the State Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council.
(l-r) FCP Tribal Forester Al Murray; Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council Member Mark Freburg; FCP Tribal Chairman Harold "Gus" Frank; FCP Council Member John Alloway; FCP Council Member Thomas Boelter; FCP Tribal Elder Billy Daniels Jr.; and Wisconsin DNR Urban Forestry Coordinator Don Kissinger
The Forest County Potawatomi are the first American Indian tribe to receive this award which is presented to a community, individual, association or organization exhibiting outstanding innovation in the development or enhancement of an urban forestry project or program. The award recognized proactive management the Tribe's forest land.
"The forests of northern Wisconsin are an important resource. It is essential that we properly address the threats facing them so they can continue to be used and enjoyed." Said Tribal Forester Al Murray. "We are honored and privileged to receive this award from the Urban Forestry Council."
The Tribe's comprehensive approach to forest management included a large-scale forest inventory which identified approximately 1,200 trees that were in need of critical safety pruning or removal. The Tribe was also able to create a new Strategic Forestry Plan to address both developed and non-developed areas on the reservation. By prioritizing the condition of the forest, the Potawatomi have improved both the reservation's aesthetics and local public safety, while also increasing tree and land value.
"It is our hope that our plan can be used as a model for other communities faced with similar problems," added Murray. "If we work together and take a proactive approach, we can be sure that future generations can continue to enjoy our beautiful forests."
The Urban Forestry Council advises the Department of Natural Resources on the best ways to preserve, protect, expand and improve Wisconsin's urban and community forest resources.
photo credit Aiyana VanZile
posted November 7, 2011 11:30 am est
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