Ward Peterson, utility and urban resources manager for Davey Resource Group, has been named Utility Arborist of the Year by the Utility Arborist Association (UAA).
UAA Past President Nelsen Money recently presented the award to Peterson.
Peterson is chairman of the UAA Research Committee and helped organize the first Tree Biomechanics Symposium, held in 2010, which brought together researchers from around the world to examine firsthand how trees structurally develop. A past UAA president, Peterson has continued to promote the mission of the organization through his support of utility arborists and vegetation program managers.
Peterson is a member of the International Society of Arboriculture Board of Directors. He has a Bachelor of Science in urban forestry from the University of Illinois and a Master of Business Administration from Kent State University.