VALPARAISO | A former Wisconsin tree farmer who is now a member of Valparaiso's Tree Advisory Committee was named Indiana's Outstanding Tree Steward by the Indiana Urban Forest Council.
Although he was a tree farmer, Jim Beversdorf attended tree steward training sponsored by Taltree Arboretum in 2008. Since then, Beversdorf has served on the city's Tree Advisory Committee and initiated the city's Neighbors Against Bad Bugs tree tagging to raise awareness of the emerald ash borer.
Beversdorf coordinated a dozen volunteers in tagging all of the more than 600 ash trees located in the city's right of way. He also volunteers to inspect hundreds of recently planted city trees and educates others at information booths at the Porter County Fair and local garden shows.
His efforts, which include recently planting 65 oak trees at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, will provide benefits for generations to come and drew praise from Mayor Jon Costas.
"We're grateful to Jim for his time and talent in caring for our city's urban forest," Costas said. "We thank him for his contribution to our community and congratulate him on this well deserved state recognition."