(Beaver Dam) The city of Beaver Dam’s Forestry Supervisor is being honored by the state. The Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council has recognized John Neumann for his leadership in promoting and improving urban forestry. He was singled out for “Lifetime Achievement” at the 2021 Wisconsin Arborist Association and DNR Urban Forestry Conference, which was held virtually. For the past 27 years, Neumann has worked to increase and diversify Beaver Dam’s tree canopy. Part of that is leveraging partnerships, and the council says he has developed connections with local businesses to support Beaver Dam’s forestry program not only financially but through volunteerism as well. The awards committee cited Neumann’s knowledge, experience and humble nature, making him the go-to tree expert across Dodge County. Efforts highlighted include outreach and education, creation of a city tree nursery, work on Arbor Day celebrations, and establishment of a partnership with the local Walmart and Rotary Club to provide funding and volunteers for tree planting events. Linda Cadotte, Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council award committee chair, says the awards honor individuals, organizations and communities for their hard work and dedication to trees and the benefits they provide. The Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council advises the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Forestry on the management of urban and community forest resources.