Volunteers plant a tree as part of San Diego Regional Urban Forest Council’s mission to improve San Diego’s urban forest assets. Photo courtesy of Balboa Park Conservancy

Volunteers plant a tree as part of San Diego Regional Urban Forest Council’s mission to improve San Diego’s urban forest assets. Photo courtesy of Balboa Park Conservancy

The Balboa Park Conservancy announced that at the end of 2018 the nonprofit public-private partnership that cares for Balboa Park was certified as a Points of Light national Service Enterprise. At the same time, the Conservancy was awarded the San Diego Regional Urban Forest Council award for Best Urban Forestry Educational Project.

The Balboa Park Conservancy is now among the top 11 percent of nonprofits nationwide to be certified and one of only 19 Points of Light national Service Enterprises in San Diego. Points of Light is dedicated to volunteer service. The Service Enterprise Initiative is a national change-management and capacity-building program that transforms the way organizations engage volunteers to better meet group’s missions. The training and certification program is delivered through a national network of hubs, which are organizational leaders in volunteer engagement and nonprofit capacity building in their communities.

The San Diego Regional Urban Forest Council is a member-driven coalition of agencies, businesses, and educators working to improve San Diego’s urban forest assets.

CEO Tomas Herrera-Mishler said: “We are building on the strong base established by our volunteer corps in the Balboa Park Visitor Center. We continue to move from strength to strength thanks to our amazing cadre of volunteers.” Visit balboaparkconservancy.org.