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Awards Program - Midwestern Chapter


Recognize Excellence? Submit an Award Nomination!

Right now, as we head into the fall season, is an ideal time to reflect on the successes and achievements of arborists and tree care professionals throughout our MWISA chapter.  I think many of us MWISA members recognize in the efforts of our peers numerous examples of outstanding work that makes a significant contribution to our industry, accomplishments often done without much notice or fanfare. These efforts often can provide “teachable moments” which may benefit many other arborists if these endeavors were more widely publicized.  In my mind, nominating a person or group for a MWISA award is more than just a pat on the back for the good work these individuals have accomplished, it is an acknowledgement of the value their contributions have given to arboriculture in the Midwestern Chapter. As a reference, I think it’s worthwhile to take a look back at highlights from last year’s award winner nominations. 




Gold Leaf Award for Outstanding Arbor Day Activities - City of Springfield, Missouri

“In 2015 Springfield, Missouri celebrated their 30th year as a Tree City USA community and their 12th year receiving a Growth Award.  To commemorate this achievement they held an event they called the 30 for 30 Tree planting Relay. This Relay was held as part of Springfield’s Arbor Day celebration on April 10th 2015.  Thirty common urban tree planting locations were selected from a neighborhood to a storm water detention basin to demonstrate not only the different places trees can be planted, but also the different benefits they provide to our community.”



Gold Leaf Award for Outstanding Landscape Beautification Activities – City of Olathe, Kansas

“Olathe’s project was a walking tour of 25 trees in Veteran’s Memorial Park. Each tree was denoted by a sign complete with a QR tag symbol.  In addition GPS coordinates for each tree are available. Most of the trees are in groupings of 3-5 of the same species. A brochure is provided at the beginning of the tour, but anyone with a smartphone can just happen on the tour and pull up information about each tree.” 



2015 MWISA Author’s Award of Excellence – Karma Larsen

“Karma Larsen is considered by many to be the glue that binds the Nebraska State wide Arboretum (NSA) to the Nebraska Forest Service (NFS) and both organizations to a broader Statewide public audience interested in trees and Landscapes.  Karma joined NSA in 1997 as the publications editor and communication specialist. In 2010, her audience grew substantially when NSA merged with Nebraska Forest Service. Since that time Karma has been instrumental in expanding and blending the information of both organizations into a unified message around trees and landscapes.”


2015 MWISA Honorary Membership – Ed Tamerius

“Ed Tamerius is a retired Missouri Department of Conservation Forester that Lives in Hannibal Missouri.  Since retiring, Ed has continued to share his passion for trees and Tree maintenance with the City of Hannibal and surrounding area.  Ed has accepted every opportunity to improve the trees and the tree related programs. Ed is a member of the Hannibal Tree board, citizen member of the Hannibal laGrange Tree Campus USA Committee, and is both a regional member and executive council member for the Missouri Community Forestry Council (MCFC).”



2015 Award of Merit – Martha Clark

“Known as a tireless volunteer, Martha is an ISA certified arborist from Helena Missouri whom has been a leading member of the Missouri Community Forestry Council for over 20 years. She has also been active with the city of Helena Park Board coordinating events and working on park trees. In addition, Martha has worked in a variety of capacities for the City of St. Joseph, and has assisted in the development of a tree nursery on the grounds of the local prison and the formation of Forest ReLeaf of Northwest Missouri, an organization formed to educate and empower Missourians in northwest Missouri to plant and care for trees.”



2015 President’s Award – Ted & Tim Crews

Owners and operators of Cherokee Tree Care, The Crews has been caring for Springfield’s landscapes and urban forests for a very long time. An ISA certified arborist since 1995, Tim has also served on the board of the Midwestern Chapter of the ISA, where he has volunteered since 2002. Currently, Tim serves as the head judge and set-up coordinator for the MWISA Tree Climbing Championship. Tim and Ted were selected for this award by MWISA president Kevin Harrel for their foresight in tree care, commitment to professionalism, and service to the MWISA.




Your assistance is needed!

As the incoming MWISA chapter Award Liaison, I’ve been handed the reigns to an already well managed and administered program to recognize excellence in our chapter.  Applications and award information is available online at our website and you’ll find that the nomination process is really straight forward.  Members interested in assisting on either nomination or selection committee will be warmly welcomed, just contact me at brett.obrien@como.gov   or (573) 874-7489.

By Brett O’Brien
Park Natural Resources Supervisor – Columbia, Missouri
Awards Liaison – Midwestern Chapter 



The Midwestern Chapter of ISA annually recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations that have performed meritorious service in advancing the principles and practices of arboriculture and contributed significantly and unselfishly towards the progress of the Chapter.  Award winners are recognized each year at the MW ISA annual conference.  Awards are presented in six categories including:

  • AWARD OF MERIT: Recognizes outstanding meritorious service in advancing the principles, ideals, and practices of arboriculture. Granted only to members of the MW Chapter of ISA.
  • AUTHOR’S AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: Recognizes authors of outstanding publications, news stories, radio and television programs for sustained excellence in the dissemination of timely information pertaining to the field of arboriculture. The information provided must have impact on the Midwest chapter audience.
  • PRESIDENT’S AWARD:  Recognizes an individual, group, company or agency that has provided a significant impact in the field of arboriculture during the previous two years.  This award would be presented at the discretion of the current MW Chapter ISA President.
  • AWARD OF ACHIEVEMENT:  Granted to members of the Midwest Chapter ISA only, this award recognizes sustained outstanding effort or contribution to the advancement of ISA within the Chapter. 
  • HONORARY MEMBERSHIP:  Recognizes individuals or groups who are not members of the Midwest Chapter who have provided outstanding or noteworthy service in promoting arboriculture within the Chapter.  Recipients will have made material contributions to the advancement of arboriculture through research, field practice, promotion, invention or literature.  They should have an ongoing interest and may include individuals, groups or organizations. 
  • HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP:  Bestowed upon members of the Midwest Chapter that have contributed materially and substantially to the progress of arboriculture in the Midwest Chapter and have given unselfishly in their efforts to support and advance arboriculture. 

In addition the Chapter presented the Arbor Day Gold Leaf Award.  The Gold Leaf Award is designed to recognize an individual, organization, or community in the Midwestern Chapter area for outstanding Arbor Day programs or community landscape beautification projects. This is an opportunity for the Midwestern Chapter to recognize projects that have had an impact on a community or region with an international award. Projects should show an impact over several years. 


Gold Leaf Nomination Award Form 

MW ISA Chapter Awards Nomination Form 


If you know an individual or group that has performed meritorious service in advancing the principles and practices of arboriculture, produced an outstanding publication or media program, contributed significantly and unselfishly towards the progress of the Chapter, held a unique or noteworthy Arbor Day activity, or completed a significant community landscape project, this is a great opportunity to recognize your peers, associates, citizens or other individuals.  


Wonder who has won in the past?  Click here for: Past Award Winners.

                                                                              Past Gold Leaf Award Winners

                                                                              2015 MWISA Award Winners



For more information on the MW Chapter Awards, please contact Brett O’Brien, Chapter Awards Liaison. Brett.obrien@como.gov  (573)874-7489


ISA Awards Programs -  http://www.isa-arbor.com/events/awardsprograms/index.aspx



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