Name: You could be profiled next!
Title: Examples include Volunteer, Volunteer Coordinator, Board/Committee Member, Elected Official, Maintenance Worker, Associate Planner, Program Coordinator, Manager, Director, Administrator, Professor, Researcher, Scientist, Student, Forester, Arborist, Ecologist, Landscape Architect, etc., etc.
Employer or Affiliated Organization: Any public, academic, or non-profit organization in Washington doing work related to improving communities through trees, forests, gardens or landscapes.
Credentials: Professional credentials welcome but not required
Favorite Tree: It’s okay to play favorites with plants

There are many inspirational stories to share about the people in Washington state who do great work around urban and community forestry.

Since launching this article series in November 2018, we have featured four wonderful and deserving individuals. Each one is accomplished, professional, and expresses leadership and passion for their on behalf of trees.

We know that environmental work, whether paid or volunteer-based, is accomplished by folks representing a wide range of experiences, backgrounds, and demographics.

Yet, most of the people who are prominent in this industry – those who are more likely to be called out in professional circles – come from more traditional backgrounds in natural resources and may not represent the changing demographics or career path choices that influence the industry today.

Here at Tree Link we also want to celebrate individuals whose work may not be so readily visible.

We are seeking to “raise the bar” as we continue to bring awareness to the great work in all communities in a more inclusive way. We feel the ‘Faces of Urban Forestry’ article is a small but meaningful way to turn the spotlight on those people working in non-traditional ways or places to make our cities and towns green, healthy, and vibrant places to live – regardless of their age, title, personal identity, location, education, credentials, or experience.

Please help us celebrate the many faces of Urban Forestry in Washington by nominating a peer, a change maker, or even yourself. Nominations can be sent to urban_forestry@dnr.wa.gov.

Please include the person’s name and contact information along with a short paragraph on why they are a good fit for this article and recognition. Nominees’ enthusiasm, commitment to their work, and unique perspective is more important than their credentials, title, or tenure.

Program-wide, DNR Urban & Community Forestry staff are focused on delivering a more equitable program. We recognize that the interview-style format of this article has relied on a series of pre-written questions which may limit how individuals express themselves, and are seeking your feedback on how we can adapt the structure or presentation of this article to better meet our stated goals, as well as the needs of those we profile. Please contact us if you have suggestions.

All nominations will be considered by DNR Urban Forestry staff before selecting individuals to feature in upcoming editions of Tree Link.