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The Tree Canada Urban Forestry Youth Volunteer Award


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Guidelines for the Tree Canada Urban Forestry Youth Volunteer Award Application

Applications are now closed for 2018.

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.

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: Spaces that can be identified as a natural or somewhat naturally occurring eco-system including: urban forests and woodlots; wetlands, ravines, waterways and riparian zones; and meadows.

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: Peri-urban areas (also called rurban space, outskirts or the hinterland) are defined by the structure resulting from the process of peri-urbanisation. It can be 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:

Dr. Adrina C. Bardekjian, Manager Urban Forestry Programs & Research Development, Tree Canada
abardekjian(at)treecanada.ca
Please use CUFAWARDS2018 in the subject line.

If the nominee or nominator has not heard by the July 1st, 2018, they should consider that the application has been unsuccessful and they are welcome to re-apply in 2020.

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.

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Tree Canada Urban Forestry Youth Volunteer Award

Questions may be directed to:
Dr. Adrina C. Bardekjian, Manager Urban Forestry Programs & Research Development, Tree Canada
abardekjian(at)treecanada.ca
Please use CUFAWARDS2018 in the subject line

Applications are now closed for 2018.

Thank you to all of our applicants.

Successful recipients will be announced in
June 2018.