Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee
Monday, 27 March 2017 16:50

2017 North Central Regional Tree Farm Inspector of the Year.


Christine OIOTYChristine Accepting the Award from Tom Martin, President and CEO of the American Forest FoundationChristine Walworth, Forester for the Department of Natural Resources has been named the 2017 North Central Regional Tree Farm Inspector of the Year.  Christine received her award on February 23, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina at the National Leadership Conference sponsored by the American Free Farm System.  States included in the North Central region, in addition to Wisconsin, include Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, and Kentucky.

Christine has been involved in the Tree Farm program since 1977 and has been actively promoting the American Tree Farm program throughout her career.  During this time she has served on various Tree Farm committees, in several different capacities, including District Chair, Wisconsin State Committee Vice-Chair and State Chair.  She completes necessary inspections and re-inspections, and is passionate about her involvement in the Tree Farm program. Christine works very well with landowners and the respect is reciprocal.  She is a "hands-on" forester, willing to meet with landowners on their property to provide advice and share information.


Being a professional forester, Christine encourages sound forest management by adhering to the Tree Farm Standards of Sustainability and ensures that management plans meet all required standards.  She has nominated landowners for Outstanding Tree Famer of the Year.  The nominations were selected as County winners, District winners, Wisconsin State winner and also a Regional Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year. 

Christine is also actively involved in the State forestry community and has conducted outreach to landowners.  She has been involved with the Project Learning Tree Program, working with local teachers, and participated in the Learn about Your Land Series for two years.  She was a speaker several times for workshops concerning the Wisconsin Managed Forest Law Program for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. 

Christine conducted a Tree Planting workshop in Monroe County. She participated as a member of the planning committee and worked as a tour guide for the 2015 Wisconsin Annual Tree Farm Field Day and a field guide for the 2016 Wisconsin Annual Tree Farm Field Day.  She was a speaker for a field site on the field tour during the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association annual meeting in Lacrosse County, and has been a presenter for the local County Farm Service's Agency's Conservation Reserve program at various landowner meetings and workshops. Christine was on the planning committee, plus speaker and field guide, for an Oak Management Workshop held in October, 2016 and also assisted with the Black Walnut Council workshop and meeting.  Christine is always eager to help promote good forestry practices, therefore willing to give her time to ensure landowners have the information they need to have to do good things on the land.  Her dedicated involvement earned her this impressive award.

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