Mac Awards

The Mac Award recognizes individuals, organizations, and businesses that have made a significant, positive impact on Vancouver's urban forest. Submit a nomination for your tree hero today!

Activities worthy of recognition include organizing a tree planting project, educating others about the benefits of trees or proper tree care, preserving trees during land development, donating time and/or funds to advance the mission of the Urban Forestry program, developing creative partnerships in community forestry, or any other activity that inspires community stewardship of the urban forest.

A lifelong volunteer, Gordon MacWilliams joined the Urban Forestry Commission in 2002. He continued to forge new partnerships within the community and spearheaded the revised Street Tree Ordinance. Gordon devoted much of his time to protecting and preserving trees throughout the community. Gordon's loving wife, Sylvia, strongly supported Gordon's love for trees and was with him every step of the way. Gordon and Sylvia are true tree heroes through their many contributions to our community, especially their impact on Vancouver's Urban Forest.

The annual Mac Award is given by the Urban Forestry Commission during the second Wednesday of each April at the City of Vancouver's Arbor Day celebration.

Nominations must be received by the THIRD TUESDAY of MARCH for consideration.

2015 Mac Award Winners

Brian French is a true tree advocate. Brian is an ISA Certified Arborist and Tree Risk Assessor that is passionate about sharing how important and magnificent our trees are, specifically the biggest ones. Brian is co-founder of non-profit tree advocacy group Ascending the Giants. He has presented his work climbing and documenting some of the largest trees in the Pacific Northwest at many TreeTalk Workshops over the years. Brian is generous with his time and support of Vancouver’s trees and professional tree care providers. He donated many, many hours to help coordinate the annual Pacific Northwest International Society of Arboriculture Conference, which was held in Vancouver in 2014. The conference brought together tree care professionals from across the region to network and learn about trends and advances in the tree industry. His support of this event helped make it a great success. 

Don Cannard is recognized for his passion and vision as a steward of our natural environment. Don has spent many tireless years making our urban nature accessible to the entire community. Don has a long history spearheading trail and restoration projects, which he continues to this day. In 1972 Don saw a need to build the Ellen Davis Trail, a 2 mile trail that connects North Vancouver neighborhoods to the Burnt Bridge Creek Trail system. Don’s vision and hard work created more access for the community to explore our urban natural areas. Don continues to work on trail and restoration projects with the Chinook Trails Association to bring people, organizations, and partners together to expose more people to our natural environment. 

Susan Bluestein is committed to creating a healthy, livable Vancouver. An active member of Hough Neighborhood, Susan is a long-time volunteer with Friends of Trees. For the past eight years she has helped coordinate the Friends of Trees plantings for her neighborhood. This is countless hours, phone calls, and knocking on neighbors doors encouraging them to plant trees on their property. Susan’s diligence has paid off, Hough neighborhood alone has planted 156 trees over the past 8 years. At this year’s annual planting, Sue spoke to a group of 200 volunteers about the many environmental, social, and economic benefits that Vancouver gains by the trees being planted. 


2014 Mac Award Winners

Amy Sidran is the Horticulture teacher at Fort Vancouver High School. Amy’s ongoing commitment in educating the next generation in stewardship of our urban natural resources is truly making a lasting impact. In fact, Amy’s former student, Alex, nominated her for this award! Amy goes the extra step with her students by connecting them to the community; whether it’s through internships in the green industry, collecting water quality data along Burnt Bridge Creek, or planting trees, or tending the greenhouses and gardens at the school. Amy has inspired many students by connecting them to their community through hands-on projects and opportunities.

Washington Conservation Corps Crewmembers are a group of dedicated young AmeriCorps members that are truly remarkable assets to our urban forest. Imagine serving outdoors for 10 hours a day in rain, snow, or blistering sun. This group does that, all for our trees. Day in and day out, this group of young men and women remove invasive plants, plant and prune trees, and restore stormwater retention throughout Vancouver and Clark County. In Vancouver alone they have planted hundreds of trees and thousands of shrubs, that’s no small task! A program of the Washington Department on Natural Resources, this group travels throughout the lower Columbia River Watershed restoring our Urban Forests. WCC can be proud of the role they are playing in protecting, preserving, and enhancing our community’s urban forests.


2013 Mac Award Winners

Bob Rowe has been a driving force behind improving our community’s urban forest for many years. Bob was among the first graduates of the NeighborWoods Training program. This training provided by Urban Forestry propelled Bob to become a true steward of his neighborhood trees. For over a decade Bob has been the force behind the restoration of Behren’s Woods, a jewel of a natural area in his neighborhood. Bob has been at the forefront of the Bella Vista park beautification and has organized tree pruning workshops to educate his neighbors on proper tree care. He is an outstanding neighbor and tree steward in the community.

Alex Bruyevicz was a summer youth intern with Urban Forestry, then started his freshman year at Clark College. Alex soon became involved with the Clark College Environmental Club, and eventually became president. Among the many projects, Alex spearheaded a waste reduction program and coordinates many ivy removal projects on campus. Last fall Alex recruited fellow students to train as Crew Leaders with Friends of Trees; since then, Alex hasn’t missed a weekend planting with Friends of Trees. We commend your devotion to making Vancouver more livable through your dedication leadership.

Melissa Tiefenthaler As co-chair of the Hough Neighborhood Association, Melissa is committed to creating a healthy, livable Vancouver. She saw the need for a progressive solution to tree roots lifting sidewalks in her neighborhood, while maintaining the mature trees for all the benefits they provide. Melissa volunteered to raise funds and coordinate the first rubber sidewalk project in the Metro region.

In addition to protecting existing trees in her neighborhood, Melissa is a long-time volunteer with Friends of Trees. For the past five years Melissa has been a crew leader with Friends of Trees, teaching numerous volunteers how to properly plant trees. For the past four years she has helped coordinate the Friends of Trees plantings for her neighborhood.


2012 Mac Award Winners

Bill Woodard 

Ken and Joy Olsen

Gary Bock

Grace Teigen and Gene Wigglesworth

Oliver Sasse

Jim Wasden


2011 Mac Award Winners

Becky Archibald

Alexander Chabert

Greenway-Sensitive Lands Team 

Lee Coulthard


2010 Mac Award Winners

Duane Northrup

Susan Sanders

Cynthia Thornton-Tang

Old Apple Tree Research Team

    Susan Dolan, National Parks Service Preservation Landscape Architect
    Bob Cromwell, National Parks Service Archeologist
    Lyle Feilmeir, Master Arborist with Collier Arbor Care
    John Buttrell, Arborist/Owner, Arborscape
    Joe Beaudoin, Orchardist, Joe's Farms
    Terry Toland, Urban Forestry Commissioner