Nebraska City, Neb. (April 11, 2014) – The American Chestnut Foundation is the recipient of a 2014 Arbor Day Award in honor of its outstanding contribution to tree planting, conservation and stewardship, the Arbor Day Foundation announced today.
The American Chestnut Foundation, headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, is one of 13 individuals, organizations and companies being recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation during the annual Arbor Day Awards. This year's ceremony will be held at Lied Lodge & Conference Center, located at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, Nebraska, on Saturday, April 26.
The American Chestnut Foundation will receive the Public Awareness of Trees Award for elevating the public awareness and understanding of the importance of trees.
The American Chestnut Foundation is restoring a species - and creating public awareness of a valuable template for restoration of other species. The return of the chestnut to its former niche in the Appalachian hardwood forest ecosystem is a major restoration project that requires a multi-faceted effort involving extensive public awareness. The Foundation's 16 state chapters represent more than 5,000 members who reach out in a myriad of ways to generate public awareness of the story of the American Chestnut and to help educate the next generation of American Chestnut planters, stewards and caretakers.
Since 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized the inspiring and life-changing work of leading environmental stewards and tree planters through the annual Arbor Day Awards. Award winners from previous years include the late Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, the United States Forest Service, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Mary Kay, Inc.
Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.