City of Miami Parks and Recreation Department Receives Award for Outstanding Urban Forestry Program

City of Miami Celebrates Completion of Wagner Creek, New Affordable Rental Building in the Hospital District(Miami, FL March 16, 2017) – The City of Miami Parks and Recreation Department and the City of Miami is proud to announce that it has been recognized by the 2016 Friends of our Urban Forest Awards Program by the Florida Urban Forestry Council, for Outstanding urban Forestry Program.

Since 1998, the City of Miami Parks and Recreation Department, led by Senior Park Naturalist Juan Fernandez, has been working to improve the health, preservation and public appreciation for Miami’s Urban Forests. The award also highlights the accomplishment completed by the community members and countless volunteers through service learning events, which have contributed to the habitat restoration work and our parks use as outdoor classrooms to learn about the importance of habitat conservation first hand.

Parks and Recreation Director, Kevin Kirwin, emphasizes that this prestigious award recognizes the efforts of the parks team and the community. “We really went a long way in positioning ourselves as a big part of the conservation and stewardship solution for our City and beyond and look forward to many more accomplishments, to make sure we offer the best experience to the City of Miami residents while caring for our environment. Thank you for all you do.”

For more information and to learn more about becoming involved with the Parks and Recreation Department and Natural Areas please call (305) 416-1300 or email Gloria Antia, Park Naturalist at gantia@miamigov.com.

The award will be presented during the Urban Forestry Institute 2017 Conference taking place in Orlando, Florida on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Valencia College – West Campus, 1800 S. Kirkman Rd., Orlando, FL 32811.

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