2012 National Arbor Day Awards

Lawrence Enersen Award

Robert Benjamin—Lombard, Illinois

Robert Benjamin—Lombard, Illinois

As a 33-year Chicago Bureau of Forestry employee, Benjamin guided the decisions that have made the Windy City a model for tree care and urban beauty. Benjamin wrote the city’s first tree planting manual, assisting city staff, residents and business owners with the “how to” of proper planting and care. The manual served as a basis for the street guide portion of Chicago’s landscape ordinance. Benjamin was also a strong proponent of planting trees in parking lots, years before the “heat-island effect” was widely discussed. He has been active in his field at the national and international level, serving as historian and a member of the planning team for the Society of Municipal Arborists and a liaison to the International Society of Arboriculture.


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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.