Washington, DC (April 20, 2010)- Casey Trees is the recipient of the Arbor Day Foundation’s 2010 Award for Excellence in Volunteer Management. The annual award is presented to the community, group or organization who best mobilizes and engages volunteers in tree planting and care within a community. Presentation of the award will be at the annual Arbor Day Awards Banquet in Nebraska City on May 1.
Casey Trees provides year-round volunteer opportunities for individuals of all ages and skill levels interested in planting, caring for and/or inventorying trees in the District. In 2009, more than 1,600 adults and 600 children and young adults donated 5,000 hours of their time to volunteer with Casey Trees at 54 tree-planting and care events.
“Our volunteers play a critical role in our success. They lend their energy, vision and time in helping us achieve the City’s Urban Tree Canopy Goal of 40 percent by 2035,” said Mark Buscaino, Executive Director. “We are only able to do what we do because of our volunteers.”
At the core of Casey Trees’ volunteer program is its Citizen Forester corps. Now 700 strong, Citizen Foresters are volunteers trained to properly plant and care for trees, identify tree species, advocate for tree protection, serve as ambassadors for the organization and mentor first time and returning volunteers at tree planting, care and inventory events.
In March, Casey Trees was voted Best Place to Volunteer in Washington City Paper’s 2010 Readers’ Poll. “These two back-to-back honors show that Casey Trees values its volunteers and that our volunteers believe in the importance and urgency of our mission- to restore, enhance and protect the tree canopy of the Nation’s Capital,” said Buscaino.
Arbor Day Foundation honors Casey Trees with National Award