ISA Gold Leaf Awards Presented
October 7, 2019, Sheraton Springfield, Springfield, MA. The International Society of Arboriculture's Harry J. Banker Gold Leaf Award provides an opportunity for ISA chapters to recognize individuals at the local or regional level. The award is intended for individuals, organizations, and communities for either Outstanding Arbor Day Activities or for Outstanding Landscape Beautification Activities as submitted by an ISA Chapter.
This year’s winners were from both categories. Nominated in the category of Outstanding Arbor Day Activities was the Massachusetts Arborists Association (MAA) for their Arbor Day of Service. MAA’s Arbor Day of Service gives tree care professionals a chance to make a direct impact in their local communities. Arbor Day of Service is an impressive statewide volunteer effort that builds awareness about proper tree care and the importance of working with trained professionals.
Over the past 30 years, many historically significant sites have benefited from MAA volunteerism including Pilgrim Memorial Park in Plymouth, MA, Castle Hill in Essex, MA, Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA, Appleton Farms in Ipswich, and the Boston Common.
The award was presented to Natascha Batchelor, President of the MAA.
Nominated in the category of Landscape Beautification were three organizations working in conjunction to improve the canopy in the city of Northampton; the City of Northampton, the Northampton Shade Tree Commission, and Tree Northampton.
The City of Northampton Tree Warden is responsible for all community trees – on streets and town commons as well as in parks, schoolyards, and town forests. The position of tree warden requires qualified training in arboriculture, the science of tree care. A tree warden should also have good communication skills for dealing with the public, municipal department heads, and local politicians.
The Public Shade Tree Commission preserves, protects, and promotes City shade trees. The Commission advises and assists the Tree Warden and Mayor in researching and developing plans, programs, and policies for achieving a tree canopy that supports Northampton's goals of public health, beautification, and economic and environmental sustainability, and resilience in the face of climate change.
Tree Northampton, Inc. is a private citizen's group promoting ecological stewardship of Northampton, MA through education, advocacy, and volunteer participation. In collaboration with the Northampton Tree Warden (Richard C. Parasiliti, Jr.) and the Northampton Public Shade Tree Commission, Tree Northampton volunteers support Northampton’s tree program by planting and caring for trees all around the city.
These awards were presented to Richard Parasiliti, Northampton Tree Warden, Lily Lombard from the Northampton Public Shade Tree Commission, and Sue Lofthouse from Tree Northampton.