Richard Adkins

Richard Adkins

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The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department's Forestry Supervisor, Richard Adkins, has earned prestigious international recognition. The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) recently named Adkins as one of seven 2011 recipients of the organization's True Professionals Award. The ISA grants the award to forestry professionals that have demonstrated special achievement in a professional setting, cultivating fruitful relationships with clients, successful initiatives in community education, unique contributions to the betterment of the profession and the pursuit of professional development.

Adkins is one of 13 Parks and Recreation Department staff who hold arborist certification from the ISA. He has been an ISA certified arborist for 12 years and has 31 years experience in forestry services, the last five of which he has overseen the department's forestry section. The forestry section's crews prune and maintain the thousands of large, mature trees in Phoenix's parks and along major city streets.

Valley residents can tap into Adkins' expertise when he teaches the department's next tree care workshop at 9 a.m. on Sept. 10 at University Park. Workshop participants learn how to properly plant and maintain trees. Participants can register for this workshop online at or by calling (602) 261-8793.

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