Mayor Jim Brainard announced the appointment of Mike Volz, Linda Lange and Marilyn Bauchat to the Carmel Urban Forestry Committee (CUFC). The appointees are eager to promote education about trees and peoples’ relation to the urban forest.

Mike Volz studied urban forestry at Purdue University and uses his certification as an arborist to add species diversity and aesthetic appeal. He recently returned to Indiana with his wife and daughter after beginning his career in Seattle. Linda Lange is a graphic designer who is sharing her vision by creating the committee’s booth for Arbor Day at the Carmel Farmer’s Market. Linda encourages the planting of native plants and the removal of invasive ones. Marilyn Bauchat is a special education teacher with a strong interest in outdoor education. She has always been passionate about trees and the impact nature has on one’s physical and mental health.

Volz, Lange, and Bauchat will join the Carmel Urban Forestry Committee that also includes: Robert Hosler, John Westermeier, Dan Franzman, and Kevin Daugherty. The CUFC volunteers and supports the street tree management program in order to provide an environment that nurtures both wildlife and people. Committee meetings are open to the public and are normally held at 4 p.m. at Carmel City Hall the fourth Wednesday of each month.

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