2008 National Arbor Day Awards

J. Sterling Morton Award

Dr. Peter Raven

Raven has presided over the Missouri Botanical Garden for more than 36 years, and in that time he has seen the facility grow into a world-class center for botanical research, education, and horticulture display.

During his tenure, the Missouri Botanical Garden has become the leader in botanical research in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and North America. Raven champions research around the world to preserve endangered plants and animals, and he is a leading advocate for building a sustainable environment. In 2001, he received the National Medal of Science, the highest award for scientific accomplishment in the United States.

“Peter Raven’s commitment to preserving trees and the natural world has inspired generations of scientists and conservationists around the world,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “His love of trees, and his desire to preserve and protect thousands of species is making a tremendous impact on the environment.”

This year’s winners are:

Award winners are recognized for their leadership in the cause of tree planting, conservation,and environmental stewardship.

Leaders in tree planting, conservation, and environmental stewardship from around the country and world are honored each year at our annual Arbor Day Awards celebration held in Nebraska City, Nebraska. The awards ceremony is part of the annual Arbor Day weekend celebration held at Lied Lodge & Conference Center.