Arbor Week Awards Ceremony Honors Maine's Tree Conservation Efforts

May 19, 2023

For more information contact: Jim Britt at:

Augusta, Maine - Today, the annual Arbor Week Awards Ceremony occurred at Viles Arboretum in Augusta. This event, coordinated by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's (DACF) Project Canopy, Maine's Urban and Community Forestry Program led by the Maine Forest Service (MFS), recognizes and honors outstanding contributions to tree conservation and sustainable forestry practices throughout the state.

DACF Commissioner Amanda Beal expressed her gratitude and admiration for the outstanding efforts of urban forestry stewards during her remarks at the event. Commissioner Beal acknowledged their incredible work, emphasizing the group's unwavering dedication and expertise in preserving and nurturing green spaces.

"I am grateful for your incredible work as stewards of our urban forests," Commissioner Beal remarked. "Your work extends beyond the tangible benefits of shade, cleaner air, and more beautiful spaces. You are championing environmental resilience, combating the effects of climate change, and promoting biodiversity in our urban settings. Your dedication is shaping a healthier and more sustainable future for our communities."

The ceremony features several prestigious awards and recognitions, including:

Maine Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year
Recipient: Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust

Lifetime Achievement Award
Recipient: Jeff Tarling, retired City Arborist, Portland

The following institutions were honored with the Tree Campus USA designation for their commitment to promoting healthy urban forests and engaging their communities:

  • Colby College, Waterville
  • Bowdoin College, Brunswick
  • Joseph's College, Standish

Additionally, the Tree City USA Awards will be presented to the following municipalities, recognizing their long-standing commitment to urban forestry:

  • Auburn - 20 years
  • Augusta 27 years
  • Bangor - 18 years
  • Bath - 26 years
  • Brunswick - 6 years
  • Camden - 26 years (Growth Award recipient)
  • Castine - 14 years
  • Ellsworth 2 years
  • Falmouth 4 years
  • Farmington - 46 years
  • Hallowell 21 years
  • Kennebunkport - 46 years
  • Lewiston - 20 years
  • Orono - 27 years
  • Portland - 43 years
  • Rockland - 4 years
  • Saco - 13 years
  • South Portland 43 years
  • Yarmouth 44 years
  • Westbrook 46 years

About the Arbor Week Awards Ceremony

The Arbor Week Awards Ceremony is an annual event held in Augusta, Maine, to recognize and honor individuals, organizations, and municipalities for their outstanding contributions to tree conservation, sustainable forestry, and urban forestry practices. The event aims to promote awareness and appreciation for Maine's forests and the importance of preserving and nurturing our natural resources.