Tuesday, September 27, 2011

CdA High School Receives Landscape of Excellence Award

Coeur d’Alene High School (CHS) was presented a Landscape of Excellence award by Community Canopy, a tree care education program, in recognition of the outstanding use and care of trees on the school grounds. The Landscape of Excellence award was presented at the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission meeting on September 26th. Bryan Martin, Director of Maintenance and Facilities, and Dan Robertson, Grounds Supervisor, along with a staff of six grounds maintenance workers, were recognized for their contributions.

This is the second Landscape of Excellence Award presented by Community Canopy, a program that highlights businesses and organizations which are doing things positive things with trees in the landscape. Several nominated landscapes were reviewed by members of the city’s Urban Forestry Committee to determine the 2011 award winner. The positive practices cited for CHS include having a variety of tree species, the retention of large native ponderosa pine trees, providing safety zones around trees to prevent damage from turf care equipment, the use of shade trees in parking lots, use of proper planting practices, and proper pruning.

Community Canopy is a tree care partnership of the cities of Coeur d'Alene, Hayden, Post Falls, Spokane, and the Spokane County Conservation District with the assistance of the University of Idaho Extension and Washington State University Extension. Community Canopy members work together toward the goal of healthy and sustainable community forests that provide maximum environmental and visual benefits. Community Canopy also provides publications, exhibits, workshops, and in-the-field training.

To make a nomination for a Landscape of Excellence Award, contact Community Canopy through their web site at www.communitycanopy.org. For more information, contact Urban Forester Karen Haskew at 769-2266.