The Tree Canada Urban Forestry Youth Volunteer Award

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Guidelines for the Tree Canada Urban Forestry Youth Volunteer Award Application

Applications for 2020 are now open.  The deadline to submit is April 30, 2020.

Applications are now open for the Tree Canada Urban Forestry Youth Volunteer Award. The award is made biennially at the Canadian Urban Forest Conference (CUFC).

The Tree Canada Urban Forestry Youth Volunteer Award recognizes outstanding volunteer services in urban forestry to the community by young Canadians between the ages of 15-24. More than one award per year will be considered. Volunteer services can be at the local, regional, provincial, national or international level.

Consideration will be given to involvement with community associations, NGO organizations, environmental groups, environmental history societies, political action groups, municipalities, charity activities, and any other similar organizations, provided they are engaged in and have an impact upon urban forestry greening.

Nominations must come from host organizations and address the significant contributions made by the individual they are nominating.

The nominations shall be made in writing (submitted online) and include:

  • A current and complete curriculum vitae
  • 1-3 letters of endorsement from members of the community impacted by the volunteerism; or by individual members of the group (co-volunteers?) that is nominating the individual.
  • Up to five links to web resources that spotlight the candidate’s work

Review Committee:

A Review Committee will consist of selected representatives from Tree Canada, the Canadian Urban Forest Network Steering Committee, ISA Canadian Chapters and the Society of Municipal Arborists.

Eligibility and Conditions:

  • Open to all young Canadians between the ages 15-24.
  • Eligible activities are those that have occurred in or have impacted communities in Canada.
  • Applications can be made on this online form only.
  • Applications must be submitted on behalf of a named applicant by a host organization
  • For the purpose of this award urban forestry is considered as including trees, woodlands, forests, natural green space* and green infrastructure* in an urban or peri-urban* setting.
  • All applications are treated as confidential by the Review Committee.
  • Applications will be accepted in English or French.

*Working definitions of terms for the purposes of these awards:

Natural green space: Defined as a network of public and private assets with or without public access, in urban and rural locations, for example, urban forests and woodlots; wetlands, ravines, waterways and riparian zones in the absence of built infrastructure (buildings, playgrounds, soccer fields etc.).

Green infrastructure: Green infrastructure is defined as the natural vegetative systems that collectively provide society with a multitude of economic, environmental and social benefits. This includes: urban forests and woodlots; wetlands, ravines, waterways and riparian zones; meadows and agricultural lands; urban agriculture; parks, gardens, turf, and landscaped area.

Peri-urban: areas (also called suburban areas) are described as the landscape interface between town and country, or also as the rural—urban transition zone where urban and rural uses mix and often clash.

Questions may be directed to:

Tree Canada
Please use CUFA AWARDS in the subject line.

If the nominee or nominator has not heard by the July 1st, 2020, they should consider that the application has been unsuccessful and they are welcome to re-apply in 2022.

Applicants and nominators are reminded that the decision of the Review Committee is final and cannot be challenged and correspondence will not be entered into.