Algonquin Parks and Forestry Superintendent Steve Ludwig was named to the Executive Committee of the Illinois Arborist Association as Vice President at their annual conference on October 16.
Ludwig was nominated and selected by members of the Illinois Arborist Association.
“Steve’s leadership in developing Algonquin’s urban forest and, more recently, addressing emerald ash borer is second to none,” said Village President John Schmitt. “We’re fortunate to have highly trained, knowledgeable, and skilled staff providing forestry services to Village residents and businesses.”
Algonquin has regularly been recognized as a leader in forestry management practices. The Village has been named a Tree City USA for 16 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 eight 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.
Visit the village of Algonquin's website for more information on parks and forestry in the Village of Algonquin.
Source: Village of Algonquin press release