2013 Tree Steward Award Winner: Practitioner Category

David Schneider is a true educator in every sense of the word. He gives his time as an educator for the young people in the Rutland community and also gives his time to the SOUL Tree Stewards Program as a facilitator.  David does all of this and also cares for all of the community trees in Rutland. Before David became the Rutland City Forester, he taught forestry at Stafford Technical Center.  During his tenure there, he started the Rutland City Nursery.  The nursery is still active today; over 1,000 trees have been raised in the nursery and then planted out on the city's streets.  The nursery holds about 400 trees at any given time and David remains the primary caretaker of these trees.David also oversees the management of a 4,000 acre city forest, has led an urban tree canopy assessment for the City and used the data to strategically plant trees to improve water quality, updated the City street tree inventory to integrate into GIS, and has greatly improved Rutland's urban forestry program.  Currently, David is working to prepare the City for the arrival of the emerald ash borer and has created a preparedness plan that will hopefully increase Rutland's capacity to manage the impacts of the pest when it arrives.

David also offers his services and expertise statewide and has sat on the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Council for many years.

David goes over and above his line of duty and is committed to not only Rutland City trees, but also in helping stewards acorss the state care for urban trees.


Wendy Lane, Rutland, VT