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Oregon Urban & Community Forestry Awards

Congratulations to our 2021 winners!



  • Charlotte Lehan, City Councilor, City of Wilsonville
  • Tony Mecum, Urban Forester, City of Grants Pass


  • Essex General Construction


  • City of Milwaukie



What makes these folks so tree-rific? Check out this press release from ODF:

2021 OUCF Awards ODF Press Release


Tony Mechum accepts his Individual Award in Grants Pass, May 2021


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Milwaukie, 2021 Oregon Tree City of the Year, makes the news


Each year, Oregon Community Trees (OCT) and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) honors outstanding Individuals, Organizations, and an Oregon Tree City of the Year for their leadership and accomplishments in advancing urban and community forestry projects in the state of Oregon. These awards recognize powerful examples of inspirational individuals engaging citizens, promoting tree planting and quality tree care, raising awareness and knowledge about Oregon’s trees and forests, and protecting Oregon’s urban and community forests to improve the quality of life in towns and cities around the state. Additionally, the USDA Forest Service supports this program and are equal opportunity providers and employers.

Do you know a tree champion? Check back later in the year to submit your nominations for 2022.

Questions? Contact [email protected] for more info.

Gallery of Past Award Winners

Representatives from Grants Pass show off their 2020 Tree City of the Year Award

Scott Altenhoff receives his 2020 President’s Award

2020 Individual Award Winner Garry Black, City of Philomath, 2020                 

2020 OR Tree City of the Year, Grants Pass

Tony Mecum looking proud to represent Grants Pass as the 2020 Oregon Tree City of the Year

Previous Urban & Community Forestry Award Recipients   

Individual Awards:

Rachel Munzig, Chairperson of Portland Fruit Tree Project – 2020

Garry Black, City of Philomath Public Works – 2020

Chris John, City of Ashland Tree Commission – 2019

Kerry Rappold, City of Wilsonville Natural Resources Manager – 2019

Casey Roland, Casey P. Roland Tree Care – 2018

Mary Harrell, Friends of Trees – 2018

Paul Hennon, City of Tualatin Community Services Director – 2018

Kasia Quillinan, City of Salem Parks Advisory Board – 2017

Lia Spiegel, City of La Grande – 2017

Ian Keene, Lincoln City – 2016

Lee Stevenson, Project Ponderosa Pine, Sunriver – 2016

Patricia Farrell, City of Salem – 2016


Organization Awards:

Clackamas River Basin Council – 2020

Willamette Valley Ponderosa Pine Conservation Association – 2019

Plant Oregon Nursery, Talent, Oregon – 2018

North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District’s Natural Areas Program – 2017

Eugene Friends of Trees – 2016


President’s Award:

Scott Altenhoff, City of Eugene Urban Forestry Management Analyst – 2020

Diane Berry, City of Echo Urban Forest Manager – 2019

Jon Pywell, City of Corvallis Urban Forester – 2018

Greg Giesy, Past President – 2017

Brian Wegener, Past President – 2017

John Bellon, City of Klamath Falls – 2016


Oregon Tree City of the Year Award:

City of Grants Pass – 2020

City of Corvallis – 2019

City of Lake Oswego – 2018

City of Baker City – 2017

City of Eugene – 2016

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