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2005 National Arbor Day Awards

Arbor Day Celebration Award

Celebration Award

The Fairbanks Arbor Day Committee, Fairbanks, Alaska

Started in 1983, the committee planned what is thought to be the first public Arbor Day celebration in the interior of Alaska and the farthest North Arbor Day Celebration. With four original members still active in the committee, the focus of the celebration has always been on school children. The committee distributes trees to schools each year and participates in tree plantings during school Arbor Day celebrations. They also plan a larger scale celebration with mayors from Fairbanks, Fairbanks North Star Borough, and the City of North Pole.

Arborfest 2004, Grand Junction, Colorado

Arborfest 2004 — Grand Junction's Arbor Day Celebration, Grand Junction, Colorado. Grand Junction has developed events and community wide planting projects to keep the city's urban forest alive and strong. Providing a fun and exciting educational experience for children and adults alike, their celebration takes place over two days. The first is a student program, and the second appeals to the entire family. Planners went a step farther in 2004, combining the SouthWest Fest, which highlights farming and ranching, with Arborfest. The joint celebration attracted more than 10,000 people and made possible citywide tree plantings, hands-on demonstration areas, tree seedling giveaways, and such social events as a chili cook-off.

  • J. Sterling Morton Award

    • Dr. Pedro Sanchez, Palisades, New York
  • Frederick Law Olmsted Award

    • Huey Johnson, San Francisco, California
  • Lawrence Enersen Award

    • Bob Bickelhaupt, Clinton, Iowa
    • Alan Hirsch, Sacramento, California
  • Good Steward Award

    • Henry Kernan, Albany, New York
    • Dr. Lawrence Burtner, Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • Lady Bird Johnson Award

    • Interstate MAX Yellow Line, Portland, Oregon
    • Texas Department of Transportation, Houston, Texas
  • Project Award

    • Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
    • TREE POWER, Washington, DC
    • International Olympic Committee, Switzerland
    • Burnham Park Association, Morris Township, New Jersey
    • OPPD Arboretum, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Education Award

    • TreeKeepers Kids, Detroit, Michigan
    • Take a Tree Walk, written by Jane Kirkland and published by Stillwater Publishing, Lionville, Pennsylvania
  • Media Award

    • Arboretum America, by Diana Beresford Kroeger
    • Native Trees for North American Landscapes, by Guy Sternberg with Jim Wilson, published by the Timber Press, Portland, Oregon
  • Celebration Award

    • The Fairbanks Arbor Day Committee, Fairbanks, Alaska
    • Arborfest 2004 - Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Promise to the Earth Award

    • Albertsons Inc., Boise, Idaho