The Arkansas Urban Forestry Council (AUFC) recently honored two individuals at its annual conference for outstanding work in planting and caring for trees in their communities, as well as encouraging others to do likewise.
The 2012 Urban Forestry Professional of the Year is Alison Litchy, an urban forester with the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.
Dr. Douglas Jeffries, professor of biology and environmental studies at the University of the Ozarks at Clarksville, was recognized as the 2012 Urban Forestry Volunteer of the Year.
The Arkansas Urban Forestry Council is a nonprofit organiza
tion dedicated to the conservation of urban and community trees.
The council’s origin goes back to the 1990 Farm Bill, which substantially increased funding for state urban forestry initiatives. To manage these funds effectively, the Arkansas Forestry Commission created an advisory committee on urban forestry issues.
In 1993, the committee took the name “Arkansas Urban and Community Forestry Council” (AUCFC) and established an independent board of directors.
AUFC’s purpose is to assist Arkansans regarding the conservation and improvement of the state’s urban and community forests.