Honoring the man who started the Windsor Tree Board in 1977, the town recognized Gene Morey as a lifetime member of the board Nov. 26.
The town presented Morey, a former Windsor Junior High School teacher, with a plaque commemorating his 36 years of service to the town. He will remain on the board as an ex-officio, non-voting member.
“This way I can still participate with the board,” Morey said.
Morey said the tree board was created to educate residents about the importance of trees and encourage more to be planted around town, as well as to combat invasive elm diseases that began appearing in the trees around town at that time.
“People were cutting down trees in town at the time. It took a lot of money to work on trees,” Morey said. “We wanted to help promote them.”
Throughout the years, he said the tree board has worked to get landscaping requirements for new town developments and has created a list of recommended species of trees that Windsor’s climate can support.
The boards also worked to get Windsor designated 32 years ago as a Tree City USA from the Arbor Day Foundation.
Morey retired from teaching 20 years ago, but continues to teach children about the benefits of trees through the tree board’s Junior Tree Board program.
The town also recognized him in 2011 with the planting of Morey Grove, east of the Weld Re-4 School District building on Main Street.
Morey is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean War. He also is a member of the Windsor-Severance Historical Society.