Vince Urbina, a community forester based out of the Colorado State Forest Service Grand Junction District Office, has been recognized as 2017 Arborist of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. The award acknowledges the service, actions and ideas of those who have made substantial contributions to practical arboriculture in the chapter, which includes Colorado, Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming.
"Vince has been the face of ISA at numerous workshops in the outlying states of our chapter, as well as a key force in keeping the Western Colorado Community Forestry Conference going," wrote Bill Cassel, the Denver-based private landscaping consultant who nominated Urbina, in the award application.
Urbina, who has served with the CSFS for nearly three decades, is the agency's lead urban and community forester for the Western Slope, providing communities with workshops and technical assistance on tree planting, selection and care. With 23 years working out of the Grand Junction District, he has focused exclusively on urban and community forestry since 2002. He also previously served for five years out of the CSFS Fort Collins District.
Urbina earned a degree in forest and range science from Colorado State University in 1973. Besides his career with the CSFS, he was at one time a fruit grower in Palisade, producing peaches, cherries and apples. He also worked as a field tree grower and plant propagator at the Fort Collins Wholesale Nursery for 10 years.
"I was very honored to receive this award," Urbina said. "I have put in a lot of time with this group, and I am proud of the accomplishments that I have been a part of for the chapter."