Fred Soviero, director of Hofstra’s grounds and arboretum, was presented with the 2016 President’s Award from the New York State Arborists (NYSA) for his years of dedicated volunteer service to the arboriculture industry.
“I can think of no one more deserving of recognition from the arborist association than Fred,” said Rich Nelson, NYSA treasurer, who presented the award during the group’s annual conference in Suffern, NY earlier this year. “He supports the green industry every chance he gets and is considered one of the most talented grounds managers and horticulturists.”
Soviero oversees the care and maintenance of more than 12,000 trees and many gardens on Hofstra’s 240-acre campus, a nationally recognized arboretum.
“I greatly admire the work that the New York State Arborists, as well as our local branch, the Long Island Arboricultural Association, do for tree care in our communities,” he said. “These are the organizations that most closely match my passion for horticulture and I am deeply honored to receive such a prestigious award.”
The New York State Arborists, a chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, Inc., represents professional arborists and educators who promote public interest, research and education in the care of trees, shrubs and their environment.
Featured image: Fred Soviero (right) with the New York State Arborists Treasurer Rich Nelson.