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2013 National Arbor Day Awards

Excellence in Urban Forest Leadership Award

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is the recipient of the Excellence in Urban Forest Leadership Award. In early 2012, the group began working with city officials on the "Urban Forest Project." The project included a crowd-sourced tree map and a review of the city's existing tree ordinance. Hundreds of Grand Rapids residents have already contributed to—and reaped the benefits—of the innovative tool.

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.

Photos provided by: ACTrees - Burnell Fischer - City of Carmel, IN - City of Valparaiso, IN - Dimensions Educational Research Foundation - Donna Love - Dr. Waddell Barnes - Eden Reforestation Projects - Florida Forest Service - Friends of Grand Rapids Parks - ©Joseph O’Brien / USDA Forest Service - Kemba Shakur - Lakeshore Learning Materials - Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board - Northern Indiana Public Service Company - Plant With Purpose - Punta Gorda - Steve Schroeder - Texas Forest Service - Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - The Salinas Californian - UPS - Urban ReLeaf