2011 National Arbor Day Awards

Champion of Trees Public Service Award

Mayor Todd Eberle

Mayor Todd Eberle

Mayor Todd Eberle of Prospect, Ky., received the Champion of Trees Award for advancing public forestry policy. Eberle has done more work for his community's urban forest during his first term than many public officials do in a lifetime. Since his election in 2007, Eberle has initiated a systematic approach to the city's forestry program. He worked with the city council to develop tree-care ordinances, established the Prospect Forestation Board, required the city to maintain all public trees and equipped his team with the latest arboricultural and urban forestry tools and techniques. By 2008, Prospect earned Tree City USA recognition for the first time, and has since received two Tree City USA Growth Awards for exceeding the program's standards. Prospect was also one of the first communities in Kentucky to implement a response plan to the invasive Emerald Ash Borer by using the latest computer software and recruiting an army of volunteers to assess the diversity of the city's trees.

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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.