2005 National Arbor Day Awards
Lawrence Enersen Award
Bob Bickelhaupt, Clinton, Iowa
He and his wife founded the Bickelhaupt Arboretum, which welcomes more than 20,000 visitors every year. Boasting a visitor center, a meeting space, and a library, the arboretum also hosts education programs with Eastern Iowa Community College to provide comprehensive environmental education for children and adults. With more than 2,000 labeled plantings, the arboretum has one of the ten best conifer collections in the country. The arboretum also hosts a National Display Garden for the American Hosta Association.
Alan Hirsch, Sacramento, California
Hirsch is the founder and driving force behind the Arden Street Tree Program, which has mobilized more than 1,000 people to get involved in planting trees. In response to the more than 2,000 diseased and dying Modesto Ash trees in Sacramento County, Hirsch organized his program to replant these trees on privately owned front yards where there was no previous organized or consistent effort to replant them.