Greg Long

2012 Hall of Fame Award Recipient

A licensed landscape architect and the owner of Needles and Leaves Nursery, Greg Long also served on the Board of Directors and as President of both WNA and WGIF. He is a member of several other state and national professional organizations and has won numerous awards for his talents as a landscape architect as well as his dedication and service to the horticultural industry. His understated manner, quiet determination, professionalism, and hard work have enabled him to achieve many accomplishments for WGIF and for our industry. However, Greg may be best known for his unflagging efforts to bring an industry perspective to state invasive plant policies.

In 2001, Greg was appointed to the first Governor’s Task Force on Invasive Species as the only industry representative. Then in 2004, when the Wisconsin Council on Invasive Species was created, Greg was the only representative from the original task force that Governor Doyle chose to appoint. In 2008, he was selected to receive the Invader Crusader Award, recognizing his exemplary work addressing the issue of invasive species in the state.

For over a decade, Greg has provided, and continues to provide, a vital link between the Green industry and state agencies as standards ruling the control, sale, and distribution of invasive plants evolve. He has been instrumental in helping those in the Green industry that had concerns about the impacts of invasive plant policies on their business to becoming partners in this process. Considering the large number of Green industry companies and their many employees and owners, a positive ecological outcome which is integrated with long term economic stability is crucial for the entire state.

With the support and love of his wife Diane and his three lovely daughters, Greg has dedicated himself to the advancement of the Green industry in Wisconsin.

Congratulations to Greg Long who has earned the respect and gratitude of your peers for your outstanding commitment to our industry.

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