2011 National Arbor Day Awards

Excellence in Partnership Award

Galveston Island Tree Conservancy

Galveston Island Tree Conservancy

Galveston Island Tree Conservancy of Galveston, Texas, was given the Excellence in Partnership Award for collaborative work to advance forestry efforts. In the wake of Hurricane Ike, Galveston lost an estimated 40,000 trees, including iconic live oaks that lined the island's boulevards and streets. But citizens of the island banded together to form the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy, a nonprofit group dedicated to planting trees and protecting what was left of the city's canopy. By working with federal and state organizations and engaging volunteers, the Conservancy adopted planting standards, developed recommendations for species diversity and implemented a community tree-planting and care plan. Volunteers already have distributed and planted more than 4,000 trees, and the group has the goal to plant and distribute 25,000 trees on public and private property.

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.