National Honor for Grand Rapids Tree Advocate – MLIVE

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Dotti Clune, chairwoman of Grand Rapids’ Urban Forestry Committee, has been named the Alliance for Community Trees 2012 Volunteer of the Year. 

Alliancence for Community Trees has honored the chairwoman of Grand Rapids’Urban Forestry Committee as its 2012 Volunteer of the Year.

Dotti Clune will be rewarded for her efforts with a trip to this month’s ACTrees Policy Summit in Washington, D.C.

Clune was chosen for the honor among finalists from cities including San Francisco, Houston, Seattle, Wash. and Portland, Ore.

“Every city should have a Dotti,” said Lee Mueller, Urban Forest Project coordinator with Friends of Grand Rapids Parks. “Without her guidance, the Grand Rapids Urban Forest Project would not be nearly as advanced or productive as it is today. She is a ubiquitous partner among all of our initiatives, efforts and work with the city of Grand Rapids.”

The ACTrees award “highlights inspirational volunteers in action who have made a contribution to urban forestry by improving community trees and the neighborhoods where they live,” according to a news release from the organization in College Park, Md.

Among Clune’s work that warranted a nomination from Friends of Grand Rapids Parks: She helped develop the city’s urban forest plan and set a 40-percent tree canopy goal, started tree mapping in the city’s East Hills neighborhood and pushed Grand Rapids to treat trees infected by the emerald ash borer.

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