2009 National Arbor Day Awards

Lady Bird Johnson Award

The Streetscape Program of Fort Myers Beach, FL

The Streetscape Program of Fort Myers Beach, Fla., is the recipient of the Lady Bird Johnson Award for roadside beautification efforts. Residents of Fort Myers Beach banded together to protect and enhance its environmental resources through its Streetscape program. This program makes trees available to residents to plant on private property along the city’s main and side streets. This public-private partnership offers drought-, wind- and salt-tolerant trees to residents for half the cost. So far, nearly 2,000 trees have been planted, and volunteers have spent hundreds of hours distributing trees and educating property owners on tree benefits. The Town of Fort Myers Beach published an educational booklet called “Shades of Fort Myers Beach,” which provides information about the Streetscape Program and tree-care practices.

This year’s winners are:

  • Frederick Law Olmsted Award

    • Robert Thibodeaux of Church Point, LA
  • Lawrence Enersen Award

    • Michael Hardy of Philadelphia, PA
  • Lady Bird Johnson Award

    • The Streetscape Program of Fort Myers Beach, FL
  • Rachel Carson Award

    • World Forum Foundation
  • Good Steward Award

    • Blue Valley Ranch of Kremmling, CO
  • Project Award

    • The Village of Wilmette, IL
    • Reforest the Bluegrass of Lexington, KY
    • Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association of Fayetteville, AK
    • The Hardwood Forestry Fund of Reston, VA
    • Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, Inc.
  • Education Award

    • Tahoma High School's Outdoor Academy of Kent, WA
    • The Kirkwood Junior TreeKeepers of Kirkwood, MO
  • Media Award

    • Louisiana Public Broadcasting's documentary Return to the Forest Where We Live
    • The International Society of Arboriculture's interactive “Planting and Early Care” series
    • The Wild Trees, written by Richard Preston
  • Celebration Award

    • The City of Minneapolis, MN
    • City of Olympia, WA
  • Promise to the Earth Award

    • Allstate Insurance Company
    • Citi Cards

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.