College Station, TX (October 18, 2007)- The Texas Forest Service and Texas Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture presented the 2007 Tree Professional of the Year award to Kathy Lord of Trees for Houston at the annual Texas Tree Conference in Waco, October 11. The annual tree conference awards celebrate the accomplishments of those who are dedicated to help Texas build stronger communities by planting, maintaining, protecting, and educating about trees.
Receiving the award on behalf of Trees for Houston was Victor Cordova, Senior forester for City of Houston Parks and Recreation and the President of the ISA.
“These awards recognize the best of urban and community forestry in Texas,” said James Hull, state forester and director of the Texas Forest Service. Lord was awarded for her outstanding contributions as Executive Director of Trees for Houston.
Lord has heightened awareness of the benefits of Houston’s urban forest through persistent contact with government, corporate, community, and media representation. In her efforts to reforest Houston she has organized and participated in neighborhood plantings and parkway plantings, highway reforestations and downtown beautification projects.
“Kathy Lord exemplifies that one individual’s dedication can be the driving force for change within a community,” said Jordy Hagen, president of the Texas International Society of Arboriculture.
Since 1993, Trees for Houston has helped to plant more than 300,000 trees and seedlings throughout Houston, many under Lord’s guidance and direction. Her zeal for a greener, cleaner city has spurred the partnerships and financial commitments necessary to undertake large-scale tree plantings.
Texas Forest Service’s urban forestry programs develop and improve the capacity of communities to plant and care for trees in parks, along streets and in other urban settings.
See the Texas Forest Service press release.
For more information, contact:
Texas Urban Forestry Program Manager
Texas Forest Service
301 Tarrow Drive, Suite 364
College Station, TX 77840-7896