Notice the beautiful improvements in Coral Springs cul-de-sacs or near the entryways to our City?
Notice the beautiful improvements in Coral Springs cul-de-sacs or near the entryways to our City? Meet our Horticulture Contract Coordinator, Claudia Alzate, who has designed and implemented these enhancements to our City landscape since November of last year.
Claudia, a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Forest Conservation, is passionate about her profession and future plans for the City of Coral Springs. Originally destined for a Degree in Zoology, an internship in Forestry changed her trajectory and refocused energy on the environment. Claudia has extensive work history in South Florida, serving as the County Forester and the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation in Miami-Dade, a Senior Arborist for an Engineering firm and as a Utility Forester for FP&L.
One of Claudia’s many goals for the City is to create a functional tree inventory database, she explained, “Recognizing when our trees need maintenance, or replacement is vital to maintaining and improving our natural landscape – this database will generate work orders to ensure it gets done. When residents and visitors enter the City, I want them to see its uniqueness from a horticultural perspective.” In addition to the beautification of our entryways, and 46 City-owned cul-de-sacs, she looks forward to working on revitalization of the master parking areas along Sample Road – eventually creating a natural canopy of trees.
As a Board Member of the Landscape Inspector’s Association of Florida, Claudia works and collaborates with foresters from municipalities all over the state. Perhaps the one she works closest with his her husband, Steve, who is the City Forester for Miami Lakes. Of her passion for the Forestry profession, Claudia says, “I am so pleased to be back in installation, seeing the vision for the City’s landscape and the outstanding support from staff has made Coral Springs a natural fit.” We appreciate the dedication, talent and vision Claudia brings to the City of Coral Springs and look forward to seeing her future plans come to fruition.