The Creative Team – Creating Adventures
To make learning about trees fun takes individuals who remain kids-at-heart themselves!
Jeff Harris is fortunate enough to have others who are just as enthusiastic about educating students about urban forestry as he is. These individuals share ideas and provide ongoing inspiration in the development of fresh storylines and activities.
Our trees and woodlands are a major asset to every city and community. They are working hard to provide aesthetic, functional and environmental benefits to improve our quality of life. Preservation and conservation of our urban forests are of critical importance to all of us as professionals and as a society.
A couple of urban foresters, Lindsey Purcell of Purdue University and Tom Ordway of Duke Energy, have met on various occasions with Jeff to discuss ideas and potential projects. One of these projects is the creation of animated video that could possibly turn into a series for public broadcasting.
Lindsey Purcell, Urban Forestry Specialist and Instructor in the Forestry and Natural Resources Department at Purdue University, has been involved in the community landscape and urban forestry industry for over twenty-five years. As an ISA Certified Arborist, he has served Indiana communities as a landscape and tree professional in the municipal and private sectors. His educational background includes an associate degree in Horticulture from Vincennes University, a bachelor of science from Purdue University School of Agriculture and master’s degree from Indiana State University. Lindsey has served as board member of the Indiana Urban Forest Council (IUFC) and a board member of a local youth organization, Rupert’s Kids. Along with his responsibilities for Purdue University, Lindsey is also Executive Director of the Indiana Arborist Association (IAA, the Indiana chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)). As an urban forester and landscape professional, Lindsey has placed an emphasis on education and outreach in order to better understand our roles in environmental stewardship and creating sustainable urban landscapes. When not saving trees and promoting the science of arboriculture, Lindsey enjoys mountain climbing, backwoods camping and hiking, boating and water-skiing as well as being a part-time professional musician. Read more about Lindsey here.
Tom Ordway, Duke Energy Arborist, has been in the industry since 1980, of which the last 18 years he has been with Duke Energy and is an ISA Certified Arborist. He has participated as a rider in the annual Tour Des Trees funding event since 2004 and serves as the TREE Fund Liaison to the Indiana Arborist Association where he once served as the President in 2008 and was also once the organization’s Public Relations Officer. Tom also served on the Board of Directors for the IUFC. To learn more about how Duke Energy cooperates with communities to safely provide more reliable energy, click here.