Tree Warden of the Year

“The Swifty” Award, In Memory of Seth H. Swift

The Tree Warden of the Year Award recognizes a tree warden who exhibits leadership, dedication, and a commitment to the profession. The annual award is named in honor of longtime member and past president Seth “Swifty” Swift, who passed away January 1, 2004. The association invites nominations from Massachusetts residents as well as from city and town officials. Nominations are due by December 1st for the January annual award presentation. Now – at any time of year – you can nominate online.  Read on to see the award criteria:

  • Holds position of Tree Warden or Deputy Tree Warden in a municipality.
  • Actively participates in the National Arbor Day Foundation’s program, Tree City USA
  • Demonstrates active leadership and dedication to the protection of urban trees
  • Educates the community in which they work about the importance of healthy urban trees
  • Holds an annual Arbor Day celebration
  • Shows commitment to the profession by volunteering with a tree-related organization

The award is given at the Association’s annual conference in January. The MTWFA holds an Arbor Day event in the town or city where the individual works and publicizes the award in that recipient’s area.


2021 Dennis Fazio, Town of Wakefield (see press release below)
2020 Christopher Scott, City of Chicopee
2019  Richard Parasiliti, City of Northampton (press release)
2018  David Lefcourt, City of Cambridge (press release)
2017  Christopher Hayward, Town of Watertown
2016  Andrew DeSantis, City of Chelsea
2015  Aggie Tuden, City of Medford
2014  John Lavin, Town of North Andover (press release)
2013  Alan Snow, Town of Amherst (press release)
2012  Peter Bacon, Town of Dalton (press release)
2011  William Hayes, Town of Plympton
2010  Peter Buttkus, Duxbury
2009  Daniel Connolly, Orleans (press release)
2008  Arthur ‘Jese’ Jeselonis, Medford (press release)
2007  Peter Flynn, Concord (press release)
2006  Edward Budnik, Spencer
2005  Edward Casey, Springfield (press release)
2004  Richard Hunter, South Hadley
2003  Seth H. Swift, West Springfield
2002  Ronald Despres, Wellesley