CRTI would like to recognize public and private organizations and individuals who have gone above and beyond this past year on behalf of our regional forest. We are asking for your assistance to nominate an organization and/or individual who can be used as an example for others to aspire to. 

Please nominate an organization, individual, or even your own organization or yourself (no need to be shy!). You may make multiple nominations.

If there are any questions, please contact Melissa (
Award categories

1. The Partnership Award celebrates groups working collaboratively to solve a forestry problem (e.g. need for next generation of arborists, low canopy in priority area, reuse of urban wood).

2018 winners: Imani Green Health Advocates (Imani Village, Trinity United Church of Christ, The Nature Conservancy, UIC, Gary Cormer Youth Center, and Advocate Health)

2. The Community Stewardship Award for management of natural areas.

2018 winner (working with volunteers): Fred Maier, Village of Itasca Volunteer Coordinator
2018 winner (private land): The Catatoga Property Owners Association 
2018 winner (public land): The Village of Hawthorn Woods

3. The Forestry Outreach Award celebrates partners who work across the region to engage residents and land managers in forestry matters.

2018 winner: The Conservation Foundation 

4. The Youth Engagement Award celebrates partners who make great strides in inspiring the next generation.

2018 winner: Friends of the Forest Preserves 

Two golden shovel awards:
Forester of the Year   (2018 winner: Eric Hendrickson)
Forest Advocate of the Year   (2018 winner: Val Kehoe)