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Oregon Urban & Community Forestry Awards Program

Since 1994, Oregon Community Trees and the Oregon Department of Forestry have recognized individuals, communities, and organizations in the state who demonstrate outstanding accomplishments and leadership in urban and community forestry. The annual Oregon Urban & Community Forestry Awards Program celebrates Oregonians who understand that healthy urban and community forests foster thriving communities.


Award Categories

An Individual Award is given to a person who has made significant contributions to urban forestry in Oregon. This may be work in tree planting and care, engaging citizens in community forestry, raising awareness about urban trees, and protecting Oregon’s urban forests.                          

An Organization Award is given to a business, non-profit, school or municipality actively promoting healthy urban and community forests in Oregon through education, awareness, advocacy and investment in our urban forests.                        

The President’s Award is selected by Oregon Community Trees President and recognizes outstanding contributions or life time achievements in the field of urban and community forestry.        

The Oregon Tree City of the Year is selected by the Oregon Department of Forestry Urban and Community Forestry Program managers.  ODF only considers cities in Oregon recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA for this award.  


Do you know a Tree Champion?

To submit a nomination for an individual, or an organization, click here to fill out the nomination form: Nominate a Tree Champion!

*2023 nominations will be opened in winter*


Congratulations to our 2022 winners!


  • Tom Ford
  • Stephen Clements


  • Friends of Bandon Park
  • Highland Neighborhood Association


  • Jennifer Killian, City of Corvallis Urban Forester


  • City of Cottage Grove


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                 

Tony Mechum

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

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:

Charlotte Lehan, City Councilor, City of Wilsonville – 2021

Tony Mecum, Urban Forester, City of Grants Pass -2021

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:

Essex General Construction – 2021

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:

Kristin Ramstad, Oregon Department of Forestry: Urban & Community Forestry Assistance Program Manager (news!) – 2021

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 Milwaukie – 2021

City of Grants Pass – 2020

City of Corvallis – 2019

City of Lake Oswego – 2018

City of Baker City – 2017

City of Eugene – 2016


Award Winners in the News

What makes these folks so tree-rific? Check out this press release from ODF: 2021 OUCF Awards ODF Press Release

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