BASF Professional Vegetation Management kicks off 2008 QVM Project Habitat awards program

Research Triangle Park, NC, Aug. 28, 2008 — BASF Professional Vegetation Management (ProVM) announced the third annual Quality Vegetation Management (QVM) Project Habitat awards program, designed to honor the highest quality vegetation management projects.

The QVM Project Habitat awards are presented to land management projects and recognize landowners, land managers, QVM Certified Applicators, QVM Certified Advisors and other partners that collaborate in the development of a vegetation management project.

Winners are recognized at the annual QVM Project Habitat banquet, receive awards and have access to marketing support to promote their winning project within their local community and to the media.

During 2008, land managers/owners should evaluate if they want to develop new projects, or use existing projects for the program. Projects must fit in one of the designated categories: utility, forestry, aquatic, roadside, invasive weed management and specialty vegetation management categories. For information on the categories, visit www.vmanswers.com/projecthabitat.

Projects primarily developed or managed in 2008 are eligible, although ongoing projects are also acceptable. Projects require participation by a QVM Certified Applicator or can be self-applied. To find a QVM Certified Applicator in your area, contact your local BASF sales specialist or visit www.vmanswers.com.

Those managing projects or interested in the program will be able to sign up to receive tips on managing an award-winning project. Go to www.vmanswers.com/projecthabitat to sign up.

The official call for entries is now available via www.vmanswers.com/projecthabitat. Entries are due by Sept. 26, 2008. Each project must be submitted in the category it most closely matches. There is no cost to enter projects and multiple projects from one company are allowed. Please see the official call for entries for rules on submissions and formats.

Entries will be judged on specific criteria including a description of the problem, solution, results and evaluation, and the use of a QVM Certified Applicator and other partners. New for this year, entries that contain digital photography or digital video will receive one extra point toward the final score. Judges for this year’s program include representatives from BASF, Land and Water magazine, RE Magazine, Roads and Bridges magazine, Public Works magazine, the National Wild Turkey Federation and the American Tree Farm System.

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