Algonquin Parks and Forestry Superintendent Steve Ludwig was named to the Executive Committee of the Illinois Arborist Association as President Elect at their annual conference on October 22.
Ludwig was nominated and selected by members of the Illinois Arborist Association. He previously served on the Illinois Arborist Association Executive Committee as Vice President.
“Algonquin continues to be a leader in the forestry field and serves as a model for other communities,” said Village President John Schmitt in the news release. “Steve’s progressing leadership with the Illinois Arborist Association, as well as the Village for over 15 years, demonstrates the professionalism of our Parks and Forestry staff that services our community.”
Algonquin has regularly been recognized as a leader in forestry management practices. The village has been named a Tree City USA for 17 consecutive years, since 1996, by the Arbor Day Foundation.
Additionally, Algonquin has been invited to speak to other jurisdictions statewide, including the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, to discuss the Village’s strategies in battling with the emerald ash borer infestation.
Ludwig has worked for the village since 1995 and currently oversees the Parks and Forestry Division of the Public Works Department. The Parks and Forestry Division employs seven International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist and maintains approximately 21,000 public parkway trees and over 150 acres of developed park space in Algonquin.
The Illinois Arborist Association is a non-profit organization that educates its members in proper tree care, supports research on trees, and promotes professionalism in the arboriculture industry.