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Friends of Fairfield's Forests
Each year, the City of Fairfield Environmental Commission recognizes one business or organization and a private citizen that promotes or exhibits good forest stewardship and sustainable living practices. Winners are awarded a wooden plaque at a City Council Meeting and also have their name inscribed on a perpetual plaque that hangs in the City's Municipal Building.
Award recipients must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Volunteer for at least one EC activity (Street Tree Inventory, River Sweep, etc)
- Sponsor/subsidizing initiatives of the EC
- Supports the National Wildlife Federation's Backyard Habitat Program
- Volunteers for the City of Fairfield in a capacity that favorably affects the City's tree canopy
- Promotes/advances the City of Fairfield's recycling program
- Promotes/advances the City of Fairfield's sustainability policy
Winners receive a wooden plaque, and their names are inscribed on a perpetual plaque that hangs in the Fairfield Municipal Building.
Citizen - Karen Fields
- Member of the Environmental Commission (formerly Community Forest Commission and Environmental Resources and Community Forest Commission) for 9 years and chair of the EC for two years
- Spent countless hours with the Big Tree Contest (where she personally verified each and every entry)
- Developing and inputting data for the City Tree Inventory
- Attended events and always went above and beyond for her community
Corporate - Lakeview Garden Center
- Partners with the City for the annual Tree Lottery
- Donated an Oak Tree for the 2010 Arbor Tree planting at the Memorial Grove
- Contributes time to Saturday morning gardening programs and provides expertise to our city
- Owner, Jim Montague, served as an original member of the Community Forest Commission (now the Environmental Commission)
Citizen – Kris Roselle
Her many years of volunteer service to the City, including serving as Chairperson of the Forest and Environmental Commissions for multiple terms;
Providing leadership and direction during the expansion of the Forest Commission into the Environmental Commission;
Working with the city and the state to develop an Emerald Ash Borer management plan for the City of Fairfield;
Acting as liaison with the Hamilton Tree Board and increasing communication between the cities;
Coordinating volunteers and resources for the Commission's community outreach programs; and
Providing leadership and assistance in the City's efforts to increase recycling within the city.
Corporate – Rumpke
Support of Fairfield's community outreach booths through participation in the City's annual Home Expo;
Distributing free recycling bins to City residents;
Hand delivering recycling bins to area residents as part of the City's recycling contest;
Providing educational materials and offering tours of the landfill to students and residents;
Increasing the number and types of acceptable recyclables; and
Participating in the annual Great Miami River Sweep clean-up.
Citizen - Tim Meyers
- Served seven years on the Fairfield Parks and Recreation Board, two as board president.
- Instrumental in establishing the environmental arm of the Community Forest Commission, now known as the Environmental Resources and Community Forest Commission.
- Influential in fostering teamwork between the ERCFC, Parks Board, Park’s staff, and City officials by acting as City Council liaison to the ERCFC for the last two years and establishing a Parks Board liaison to the ERCFC.
- Increased participation in recycling on a local level and raised public awareness of numerous environmental challenges by initiating and promoting a recycling contest between the City of Fairfield and the City of Oxford.
Corporate/Organization - Hamilton to New Baltimore Groundwater Consortium
- Conducts walk-through inventories of businesses storing or using regulated materials to verify that these materials are properly stored according to local WHP regulations.
- Planned and implemented a cleanup of the Great Miami River.
- Planned the Butler County Water Festival, attended by over 1,000 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students.
- Implemented a program to install signage along the Great Miami River Bike path stressing the importance of protecting the source of our drinking water.
- Received a Source Water Protection Grant from Miami Conservancy District to start a well abandonment program to encourage residents to properly seal unused wells in the region.
- Partnered with regional Storm Water Districts to stencil drywells and storm sewers in source water protection areas.
Citizen - Bob Breen
- Member of the Fairfield Parks and Recreation Board since February, 2006.
- Parks Board Liaison to the Community Forest Commission since October, 2006.
- Instrumental in working with each group in developing Fairfield’s Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan.
- Influential in fostering teamwork between the CFC, Parks Board, Park’s staff, and City officials.
Corporate/Organization - Izaak Walton League of America, Fairfield Chapter
- Has gathered donations to purchase nearly 1,000 trees in the past ten years.
- Has educated each Fairfield elementary student involved on the importance of trees to the environment.
- The donated trees have been planted at the following Fairfield Parks:
- Fairfield Aquatic Center
- Fairfield Greens North Trace
- Fairfield Youth Football Fields
- Great Miami Bike/Hike Path
- Harbin Park
- Waterworks Park
Citizen - Kim Constantinides
- Served on Community Forest Commission since 1999 and as chair from 2002 to 2006.
- Implemented numerous urban forestry educational opportunities for Fairfield’s citizens such as informational booths at summer concerts and September Dayz, the Birdhouse Workshop, Pruning Workshops at Home Depot, and more.
- Set many Forest Commission goals in order to be eligible for the Tree City USA Growth Award, which has been awarded to Fairfield in three of last four years.
- Served on Fairfield’s 50th Anniversary Committee as Chair of “Experience Fairfield” weekend which included the Tree City USA Luncheon Committee hosted by Fairfield, a volksmarch and seedling giveaway.
- Responsible for the original concept of a Memorial Tree Grove, a project that is still in the planning process with the Forest Commission, students from Cincinnati State, and various City departments.
- Responsible for organizing the annual Street Tree Inventory and updating the database with information gathered by fellow Commission members and volunteers.
Corporate – Parsons Corporation
- Parsons’ support of the Fairfield Forest Commission’s community outreach booths through the donation of tree seedlings, which are awarded to Fairfield residents;
- Parsons’ support of the Fairfield Forest Commission’s Emerald Ash Borer public awareness campaign by posting signs and holding informational seminars for employees at its workplace; and
- Loaning of equipment for the annual street tree inventory and verification measurements for the Fairfield Forest Commission’s Big Tree Contest.
Citizen - Will Harbaum
- Served on Community Forest Commission from 2004 to 2005.
- As the Commission's wildlife expert, contributed vast knowledge of local bird watching that assisted in planning for the Commission's annual Birdhouse Workshop.
Corporate - International Paper
- International Paper’s support of Fairfield’s Arbor Day seedling giveaway in 2004 with seedlings donated from the Super Nursery in Maine.
- The donation of International Paper’s “Life in the Forest” educational packets that were distributed to representatives of all of the Southwest Ohio Tree City cities when they attended the National Arbor Day’s Tree City Recognition Luncheon hosted by Fairfield in April, 2005.
- The assistance provided for Fairfield’s annual street tree inventory by printing color copies of our tree identifier pamphlets.
Citizen — Ted Hershner
- Served on the Forest Commission from 2001 to 2003, the majority of that time as vice chair.
- Assisted with activities, including the Arbor Day seedling give-away and various workshops.
- Commission’s unofficial photographer, took many pictures for the Commission’s archives and local newspaper articles.
- Procured Forest Commission baseball hats, a Forest Commission stamp, and made nametags for use at Commission workshops and other public events.
- Using his woodworking skills and help from his son, designed and assembled a mulch display bin, and pre-cut kits for the Commission’s first birdhouse workshop in 2003.
- Enlarged an aerial survey and had it printed on 150 sheets of graph paper, then calculated the percentage canopy by hand. This benchmark is one of the key indicators of progress for future tree planting.
Corporate — Wild Birds Unlimited, Forest Park
- Has been a staunch supporter of the Forest Commission since its inception.
- Lou Lisella, a past Forest Commission member, was employed by Wild Birds Unlimited and created the partnership that exists today.
- Over the years has assisted in the promotion of various workshops and provided door prizes.
- Most recently at the 2004 Birdhouse Workshop, owner Tim Coats led a 45-minute interactive talk about local birds, handing out various door prizes to many children in attendance.
Citizen — Howard Dirksen
Howard Dirksen was selected as 2003's citizen Friends of Fairfield's Forest award recipient based upon his diligent involvement as outlined below:
- 1995 Green Space Enhancement Committee led to the organization of the Fairfield Community Forest Commission in 1996;
- Served as council liaison to the Fairfield Community Forest Commission;
- Has attended several workshops held by the Forest Commission;
- Achieved national recognition with a registered backyard habitat.
Corporate — Cinergy
The Fairfield Community Forest Commission selected Cinergy as the 2003 corporate Friends of Fairfield's Forests award winner based on the following merits:
- Plays a critical role in the health and maintenance of Fairfield's trees;
- Has had a representative on the Forest Commission almost since the commission's inception;
- Assisted in publishing the Forest Commission's first handout which is available at all of commission workshops and at the Fairfield Parks and Recreation office;
- Has helped sponsor several Forest Commission workshops.
Citizen — Kathy Winters
Kathy Winters is a member and past chairman of the Forest Commission. She played an integral role in getting the new tree ordinance passed.
Kathy is supportive of the Backyard Habitats program, and her yard is registered both with the state and nationally. In addition, she has provided literature to other community members and helped them with their applications.
Her work in conducting the training workshop for the City's inventory cycle count over the last couple of years and her participation in the inventory also demonstrate her diligence in preserving Fairfield forests.
Kathy also worked independently to restore the arboretum in Harbin Park that had been neglected. In this endeavor, she trimmed trees, identified species, ordered markers for the trees and mulched around trees. She is also working with an old parks drawing to identify and label over 50 different tree species found in Harbin Park.
Corporate — Cincinnati Financial Corp.
The Cincinnati Financial Corporation has provided the Fairfield Community Forest Commission with a chamber representative.
The company has maintained the tree buffer between Cincinnati Financial Corporation and the Forest Fair Mall, and has also assisted in preserving the forest across from South Gilmore.
In addition, the company has planted numerous trees and landscaping surrounding their office complex and has been supportive of the Forest Commission in other areas.