Close to 2015
Thanks to everyone who came out to DeGidios to celebrate the end of the TAP year and to all those who weren't able to make it but have been influential in St Paul urban and community forestry this past 2015 year. We had a great turn-out and DeGidios, as always, was festive and fun, with good food.
Because of you all, St Paul is truly a uniquely "Green" City with a thriving urban forest and an ever growing community of urban forestry stewards.
We had a great time at the holiday party and acknowledged the following amazing people for work they did in 2015:
Official Farewell & Thank You
1. Audrey Matson—owner of Egg|Plant Farm Supply, served as the business rep on TAP for 2015. We thank her for her service and wish her well in her continuing efforts to educate and green up our urban oasis of St Paul.
TAP Member Awards
1. Outstanding Individual, Innovation in Urban Community Forestry: Dustin Ellis
Ward 1 Rep, Dustin launched the TAP website and facebook pages, laying the foundation to an entirely revamped communications approach for TAP. This foundation will help TAP grow into the future and interact more effectively with the community, which is at the heart of the TAP mission to serve as a link between Saint Paul Forestry and the citizens of Saint Paul to preserve, promote and enhance the urban forest of Saint Paul. Thank you, Dustin!
2. Outstanding Individual, TAP Communications: Chris Soutter
Ward 2 Rep, Chris ran a successful press release and outreach program that helped disseminate City Forestry information out to the citizens of St Paul, educate citizens on tree care, and inform citizens of TAP’s role in our community forest of St Paul. Her work resulted in a wealth of informational articles relevant today as much as when they were first released, which will be posted to the website throughout 2016. Thank you, Chris!
3. Outstanding Leadership, Urban Community Forestry: Cy Kosel
Cy has actively participated in and supported TAP in its mission and goals. He sets a leadership role for community forestry. Cy and StP Forestry purchased the URL for a TAP website. This seemingly small yet significant act will allow TAP to spread its branches into 2016 and beyond, and afford an opportunity to build stronger connections with the community. Thank you, Cy!
4. Outstanding Project, Arbor Month Celebration: The TAP Elm Project Committee
Karl Mueller, Barb Spears, Chad Giblin, Chris Soutter and Jon Heaton organized a robust and successful community arbor month celebration in the city of St Paul this 2015. A special shout-out to Jon Heaton and Bartlett for donating elm trees and providing a financial donation for the sound system. The subcommittee continues to work on an outreach and educational elm project into 2016. Thank you, Subcommittee and keep up the great work! [Jon accepted the award]
Friends of TAP & St Paul Forestry Awards
1. Outstanding Professional, Extraordinary Support of TAP: Chad Giblin
Chad is integral to TAP's Elm Project (including the poster contest, Arbor Month Celebration, elm research and advisory). He has put in a great deal of time and he's not an official TAP member! Thank you, Chad!
2. Outstanding Professional, Extraordinary Support of St Paul’s Urban Forest: Joe Lais
Joe Lais of Plantra, has been working with Chad Giblin at the University of Minnesota and StP Forestry staff to research tree establishment using tree tubes. He has been kind enough to donate tree tubes and provide his expertise to our efforts to find alternative ways to establish trees, including planting projects at Newell Park, Trout Brook and Como Park. [Thank you, Joe!
3. Outstanding Group, Citizen Pruners (City of St Paul Urban Foresters Dan Anderson and Brett Stadsvold, MN Tree Care Advocate Valerie Price, and all St Paul citizen pruners)
St Paul is partnering with the University of Minnesota Forest Resources Department on a pilot program that aids in increasing local capacity by working together and engaging citizens in community forestry. Since its start in 2014 the program has increased in community participation, raised awareness of trees, and certified volunteers to prune public boulevard trees in the city. Thank you, pruners! [Robin Rainford accepted the award on behalf of you all. Thank you, Robin!]