By Donna Yowell
Biloxi, MS (July 8, 2010)- Mississippi’s Urban and Community Forestry successes were awarded by the Mississippi Forestry Commission at the Southern Group Of State Forester’s conference held in Biloxi, Mississippi. Mississippi hosted the regional Southern Group of State Foresters in Biloxi recently. Donna Yowell of Madison, executive director of the Mississippi Urban Forest Council, was presented a regional award at the event for her partnership and outstanding success in community and urban forestry.
“The Mississippi Urban Forestry Council is probably one of the best in the whole country,” Dr. Buck Abbey said, “and they are very active and well-managed–well-funded–and they do a lot for the communities in Mississippi. Dr. Buck Abbey has taught at LSU since 1974 in the Reich School of Landscape Architecture and a graduate from Harvard and foremost expert on community green laws.
Donna Yowell has developed many new programs for the state. Her 32 years of environmental work includes multiple facets of conservation work including work with FEMA, the National Assn. of State Floodplain Managers, MS Soil and Water Conservation District, MS Wildlife Federation, the City of Madison and others. The programs she has developed deal with a variety of environmental topics including community forestry, green infrastructure, water quality, downtown redevelopment, energy savings, model community forests, edible forests, storm water management, parks and beautification, among others.
The Mississippi Urban Forest Council is a nonprofit promoting the use of trees to support green infrastructure and reduce the negative impacts of development, water and air pollution and other environmental concerns. Learn more about the Mississippi Urban Forest Council and its programs at www.msurbanforest.com.
Mississippi Urban Forest Council