Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - April 9, 2013
April 9, 2013 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #9

2012 Friends of Our Urban Forest Award to Keep Manatee Beautiful & ELMAC


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Florida Urban Forestry Council Representative

Action Requested

Acceptance of award

Enabling/Regulating Authority

FS 125

Background Discussion

Keep Manatee Beautiful and its work with the Environmental Lands Management and Acquisition Advisory Committee (ELMAC) has been recognized with a 2012 Friends of Our Urban Forests Award from the Florida Urban Forestry Council for stimulating landscape beautification, tree planting, maintenance, preservation, and public educational programs within their community about the value of trees - environmentally and economically.  This award from the Urban Forestry Council is given in the category of "Outstanding Tree Advocacy Group".  The awards selection committee felt that the Keep Manatee Beautiful tree advocacy group's efforts stood above all other applicants in exemplifying excellence in Urban Forestry throughout the State of Florida. The nomination papers were submitted to the Council by Ed Flowers, Forest Resource Administrator, with the Florida Forest Service. 

The recognition is granted for many of the following reasons:

  • With an urban forest canopy covering 37 percent of its area, Manatee County is close to meeting the 40 percent target set by American Forests for urban forest coverage and has significantly more canopy coverage than other counties for which similar studies have been performed within the state of Florida.  Unincorporated areas have canopy coverage of 39 percent, which is an increase of 11 percent since 2004.
  • Manatee County Government has met the Arbor Day Foundation’s four standards to be a Tree County USA since 2009:  1) an Arbor Day observance and proclamation, 2) a Tree Board, 3) a community tree ordinance, and 4) a community forestry program with an annual budget.
  • The County received a growth award from The National Arbor Day Foundation in 2011 for hosting Manatee County’s first collaborative Florida Arbor Day Presentation in January 2011 at the Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre in downtown Bradenton.  This informative public outreach brought together the Tree Boards of Manatee County’s municipalities, government staff, elected officials, and private sector of professionals as well as facilitated best practices in our urban forests.

Public outreach events are made possible through hosts Keep Manatee Beautiful, Manatee County Environmental Lands Management and Acquisition Committee (ELMAC), the Tree Boards of Greater Manatee County, and University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Send approved copy of agenda to Keep Manatee Beautiful (keep@manateebeautiful.com).

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Florida Urban Forestry Council Award 2013 Ltr.pdf