Outstanding Urban Forestry Leadership Award

Jennifer Jenkins, City of Winchester

This year’s Urban Forestry Leadership Award is presented to Jennifer Jenkins, Arborist, for her significant urban forestry work for the City of Winchester.

Throughout 2016 Jennifer Jenkins has continued to have significant and sustainable impact on improving the urban forestry presence within Winchester.  In recent years, she has collaborated on numerous projects, such as partnering with Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative to complete hazard tree removal; revamping the Adopt-A-Tree Program; conducting community tree planting events in 2012 and 2013 which included planting 550 seedlings for riparian buffer enhancement at Friendship and Whittier Parks; facilitating two Eagle Scout Projects in 2013; and conducting the Derecho Tree Planting Project where she worked with local contractors to replant after 100 trees were lost in a June 2, 2012 storm.  She has secured Virginia Trees For Clean Water Grants in 2014, 2015 and 2016, hosted a Day of Service in Spring of 2015 which resulted in tree removal, pruning and planting demonstrations,  She was awarded the International Society of Arboriculture 2015 Gold Leaf Award for Outstanding Arbor Day Activities for her 2014 Arbor Day at Korean War Memorial.  Most recently, she organized the 2016 Winchester Green Neighborhood Expo, and initiated a Wood Recycling Program.  Overall, she is responsible for planting more than 900 trees since her arrival.

It is my pleasure to present the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation Urban Forestry Leadership Award to Jennifer Jenkins, Arborist, City of Winchester, for her commitment to conservation through urban forestry.