SMA Liaison Mike McGill Colorado

Mike McGill

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Welcome to the Colorado State Liaison Webpage for the Society of Municipal Arborist. Periodically check out our page for updates on what is going on throughout the state. Feel free to reach out to me anytime if you would like additional information.

State Agency Coordinator:
Keith Wood – Colorado State Forest Service - Urban & Community Forester - [email protected]


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Vince Urbina, a community forester based out of the Colorado State Forest Service Grand Junction District Office, has been recognized as 2017 Arborist of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. The award acknowledges the service, actions and ideas of those who have made substantial contributions to practical arboriculture in the chapter, which includes Colorado, Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming.

“Vince has been the face of ISA at numerous workshops in the outlying states of our chapter, as well as a key force in keeping the Western Colorado Community Forestry Conference going,” wrote Bill Cassel, the Denver-based private landscaping consultant who nominated Urbina, in the award application.

Urbina, who has served with the CSFS for nearly three decades, is the agency’s lead urban and community forester for the Western Slope, providing communities with workshops and technical assistance on tree planting, selection and care. With 23 years working out of the Grand Junction District, he has focused exclusively on urban and community forestry since 2002. He also previously served for five years out of the CSFS Fort Collins District.

As a member of the ISA Rocky Mountain Chapter, Urbina served a four-year term on the executive committee and in the past has served as chapter president and editor of the chapter’s newsletter, The Rocky Mountain Arborist. He also is an ISA-certified arborist and an ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualifications (TRAQ) instructor.

Urbina says that when he agreed to serve on the ISA Executive Committee he did it for three reasons: to give back to the industry, to offer his time like peers before him and to have a better opportunity to meet fellow arborists.

“I felt like I have accomplished all of my goals,” he said.

Urbina earned a degree in Forest and Range Science from Colorado State University in 1973. Besides his career with the CSFS, he was at one time a fruit grower in Palisade, producing peaches, cherries and apples. He also worked as a field tree grower and plant propagator at the Fort Collins Wholesale Nursery for 10 years.

“I was very honored to receive this award,” Urbina said. “I have put in a lot of time with this group, and I am proud of the accomplishments that I have been a part of for the chapter.”

Organizations You Should Know: 

Colorado State Forest Service

Mike Lester - State Forester and Director [email protected]

Colorado Tree Coalition (CTC)

The Colorado Tree Coalition is a volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3 organization whose mission is “leading statewide efforts to preserve, renew, and enhance community forests.” The CTC works closely with partners such as the U.S. Forest Service, Colorado State Forest Service, Xcel Energy, and several corporate and private sponsors. The CTC provides programs and services to communities across Colorado. Programs administered by CTC include the Champion Tree, Tree Risk Assessment and Fifth Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest programs. Additionally, the Trees Across Colorado program provides low cost trees to Colorado communities, and the ReForest Colorado program helps communities recover from natural disasters. CTC is a membership driven organization, and it encourages individuals, organizations, and communities across Colorado to become a member and get involved.

Front Range Urban Forestry Council (FRUFC)

FRUFC Meetings are held every other month, if you are interested in being on the mailing list for information about these upcoming meetings, e-mail Keith Wood at [email protected].

The meeting are held in different locations along the Front Range between Fort Collins and Colorado Springs. Topics vary widely from meeting to meeting and everyone is welcome!

ISA –Rocky Mountain Chapter -

Hailing from Florida and fleeing the humidity of the south, I moved to Colorado in 2000. I received a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from the University of Florida. I hold Certified Arborist and Municipal Specialist certifications and Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) through the International Society of Arboriculture. I currently serve as the Town Arborist for the Town of Erie where I strive to connect people with trees. In my free time, I enjoy hockey, camping, and hiking.