Silva Bolds-Whitfield Urban Forestry Award

The Silva Bolds-Whitfield monument plaza recognizes those who have contributed to the development and protection of Vancouver's urban forest.

The highly prestigious Silva Bolds-Whitfield Award is given by the Urban Forestry Commission on a meritorious basis honoring citizens who have gone to extraordinary lengths to inspire and enrich the quality of life in Vancouver through trees.

The names of award recipients are permanently etched in stone as part of the unique fountain, adjacent to the large Sweetgum tree planted by Silva Bolds-Whitfield in 1965.

Past Recipients:

Don Campbell The Columbian, 1995
Ed Kelly Civic Visionary, 1997
Jean Norwood Urban Forest Pioneer, 1997
Kelly Punteney Renaissance Man, 1999
Robert L. & Elizabeth B. Avery Community Leaders, 2002
Paul A. Wesseler Make the Best Better, 2003
Gordon & Sylvia MacWilliams Tree Heroes, 2010

Erika Johnson Tree Steward, 2013


The Plaza is a living gift to our community to honor those with a vision to better our community through a healthy, vibrant urban forest.

The monument honoring the recipients is located in the Urban Forestry Plaza at 13th and Main streets.

Silva Bolds and Mayor Leupke planting the first tree of the ambitious downtown tree planting program, Nov 1965
Silva Bolds-Whitfield Plaza Contstruction, 1995
Silva Bolds-Whitfield, date unknown
Silva Bolds-Whitfield Urban Forestry Plaza
1300 Main St
Vancouver, WA 98660