New Orleans, May 12 – The NAHB, in conjunction with the National Arbor Day Foundation, honored two builder/developers with “Building With Trees” Awards of Excellence in recognition of exemplary tree conservation practices. This year’s recipients were the Northland Residential Corp.  of Burlington, Mass., and Parker Development Co. of El Dorado Hills, Calif.

"Tree conservation is something that our industry takes very seriously," said NAHB President Sandy Dunn in a statement. "The winning projects of these two companies are excellent examples of environmental stewardship, an important component of our association's green initiatives--especially the NAHB National Green Building Program."

Northland Residential Corp.’s winning project, The Woodlands at Belmont Hill, is a 121-home neighborhood on grounds once home to a psychiatric facility. The development, located near Boston, includes historical structures converted into condominiums as well as new townhomes. More than 900 existing trees were preserved and relocated during the construction process.

Parker Development Co.’s The Parkway, a master-planned community of single-family and condominium homes, is situated on a 612-acre site in Folsom, Calif., once used for mining and heavy agriculture. Roughly 240 acres are dedicated to open space, preserving and enhancing majestic oak woodlands, cottonwood forests, tree-lined trails, and seasonal wetlands. The developers also restored damaged wetlands to form a central park.

Winners were chosen based on their project’s creativity and attention to detail as determined by a committee of developers and urban forestry professionals.

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