City Forester, City of Goshen
GOSHEN, IN — Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley is the city forester for Goshen, Indiana. In addition to his work revitalizing Goshen’s urban forest with a tree canopy assessment, tree plantings and maintenance coordination, Sawatsky-Kingsley writes a column in his local newspaper, The Goshen News. In his column, “The Naturalized Mid-American,” Sawatsky-Kinsley discusses the value of individual trees and forests, the impacts we are experiencing from climate change, the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment reports, and so much more related to caring for our planet. He serves as the director of the Rieth Interpretive Center where environmental education is provided for many local schools. Together with the Goshen Tree Board, Sawatsky-Kingsley has initiated an urban forest canopy goal to double Goshen’s tree cover from 22% to 45% by 2045. His work is made possible by many dedicated Goshen resident-volunteers who water young trees, plant new trees, participate on the Goshen Tree Board, and staff a non-profit organization, Trees for Goshen. Goshen businesses and organizations also invest in this work. One example is the annual tree donations from the Goshen Hospital Center for Cancer Care. Sawatsky-Kingsley is grateful for the support of city government, and for being mentored in his work by many over the years, especially Don Minter and Sheri Howland.