CUMMING - The Georgia Urban Forest Council (GUFC) presented two awards at this week's meeting of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners and the county's GIS Department was recognized in a separate presentation.<br />
The first GUFC award was the New Initiative award for 2012, presented to the Forsyth County Engineering Department for the Midway Park Stream Restoration Project. The stream restoration project is located inside Midway Park and was completed in May. It was designed to reduce stream bed and stream bank erosion and sedimentation; improve channel stability, water quality, habitat and overall function of the stream; and restore, enhance and protect riparian wildlife corridors. <br />
The second award was the Streetscape Revitalization award for 2012, presented to Technology Park for its plantings along McGinnis Ferry Road. Over 400 trees and shrubs were planted along the seven-mile roadway. The plantings help with erosion, storm water runoff, heat island effects and aesthetics.<br />
The Forsyth County Geographic Information Services (GIS) Department was recognized at the meeting, as well.<br />
On behalf of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Hall County Sheriff's Office Dive Team, Kevin Wallace, Division Chief of Field Operations for the Forsyth County Fire Department, presented a plaque to GIS Director John Kilgore and GIS Analyst Michael Hoff. The plaque of appreciation was presented for the support Kilgore and Hoff provided during dive operations on Lake Lanier in the summer of 2012. The dive operations followed a boating accident that claimed the lives of two children. Wallace noted that the support the GIS Department provided was instrumental in helping authorities locate the body of one of the victims.<br />
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