Nebraska City, Neb. (April 8, 2015) – Pike National Forest is the recipient of a 2015 Arbor Day Award in honor of its outstanding contribution to tree planting, conservation and stewardship, the Arbor Day Foundation announced today.
Pike National Forest 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 25.
Pike National Forest will receive the Forest Lands Leadership Award.
The Pike National Forest team has demonstrated initiative and leadership in working with an assortment of partners helping to create sustainable programs to protect, restore and manage the wildlife habitat and watershed of public lands.
As one example, the Rocky Mountain Watershed Protection Project seeks to restore forest resiliency within 40,000 acres of critical watersheds on National Forest and private lands. The goal: a healthier forest, improved water quality, and restored wildlife habitat, shelter, and migration corridors.
The Project is exploring innovative ways of building a more resilient forest. The impressive results – trees planted, wetlands restored, and volunteers engaged. There is now an understanding that a healthy forest protects valuable resources such as clean drinking water for current and future generations.
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, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
About the Arbor 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.