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Donald R. Hodel Receives Prestigious Arboriculture Award

CONTACT:  Dohee Kim, MPP, (323) 260-3880, deekim@ucdavis.edu

Environmental Horticulture Advisor Donald R. Hodel Receives a Prestigious Award from the International Society of Arboriculture

Donald R. Hodel, UC Cooperative Extension’s environmental horticulture advisor in Los AngelesCounty, is the recipient of the 2010 R.W. Harris Author’s Citation award from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).  The award, one of the top three given out by ISA every year, recognizes authors of outstanding and sustained excellence in the publication of timely information in the field of arboriculture.  It is considered a prominent recognition of distinguished achievement.  Hodel will receive the award at ISA’s 2010 Annual Conference Opening Ceremony on July 25 in Chicago, Illinois.

“I’m happy, pleased and honored to receive this award, and I sincerely thank the numerous journals that have provided me with professional and high quality venues in which to publish my work.  I am also grateful to the University of California, my colleagues and industry collaborators who have been extraordinarily supportive of my work,” said Hodel.

“Don is a resource for landscape professionals in Los Angeles County and Southern California.  He helps them use the most recent University of California research and technology,” said UC Cooperative Extension County Director Rachel Surls.  “He helps landscape managers conserve water, improve the appearance of trees, shrubs and groundcovers, and manage pests and diseases.  We are especially proud of Don’s expertise on palms and other trees.”

Hodel, who has been with the University of California Cooperative Extension for nearly 27 years, is considered to be an international authority in palm horticulture and taxonomy.  His research focuses on selection, planting and management of woody plants in the landscape with a special emphasis on plant water use, trees and palms.

Hodel has authored and co-authored more than 75 peer-reviewed journal articles, more than 300 trade or popular articles and six books, including “Exceptional Trees of Los Angeles.”  He has conducted more than 300 presentations to industry groups, professional and honor societies, university and other governmental agencies, and consumers about various aspects of landscape plant selection and management.  Hodel has been an invited presenter at numerous international and national meetings, conferences and symposia.

Hodel earned his master’s degree in tropical horticulture from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu and his bachelor’s degree ornamental horticulture from the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona.

For more information on Cooperative Extension’s offerings in environmental horticulture, please visit http://celosangeles.ucdavis.edu/.  As part of the University of California, Cooperative Extension was established in 1914 to connect local communities to their state’s land grant university.  An office in each county in California responds to the changing needs of its local populations, designing and carrying out research-based programs in the areas of food, health, agriculture, horticulture and the environment.