2007 National Arbor Day Awards
NFL Environmental Program, Warwick, Rhode Island
The National Football League’s Environmental Program will receive a Project Award for its Carbon Neutral Project, which addresses impacting the environment at the site of the Super Bowl. Through this project, the NFL has planted trees before the previous three Super Bowls to offset the estimated release of carbon as a result of Super Bowl-related events. Planting initiatives are helping to restore habitat in Florida’s pineland preserves, mangrove forests, Biscayne Bay, and Everglades National Park. The NFL has also begun the Super School Tree Nursery Project, which teams local schools with tree-planting agencies. Project Awards are given to recognize outstanding collaborative efforts involving tree planting and environmental stewardship.
Planting for Growth, Weed, California
In addition to the NFL Environment Program, Planting For Growth from Weed, Calif.; the Mississippi Audubon; and the Sycamore Land Trust from Bloomington, Ind., will be presented with a Project Award.
Planting for Growth, a project of the Pacific Northwest District of Kiwanis International, was created to recognize new members in the district. Planting for Growth plants a tree for each new member, and to date more than 12,000 trees have been planted in local communities. The project also inspired local Kiwanis Clubs to schedule work days in city parks and recreation areas to become involved in beautification efforts.
Mississippi Audubon, Moss Point, Mississippi
Mississippi Audubon collaborated with The National Arbor Day Foundation on the Katrina Tree Recovery Program. More than 64,000 trees have been distributed to gulf area residents in the aftermath of the hurricane.
Sycamore Land Trust, Bloomington, Indiana
The Sycamore Land Trust’s mission is to preserve the disappearing landscape of south-central Indiana. So far, it has protected more than 3,700 acres in eight counties for future generations to enjoy. The Land Trust also sponsors an environmental education program aimed at enhancing the appreciation of nature. It has planted more than 54,000 trees since 1997 in area parks.
This year's winners are:
- Sebastian Chuwa, Moshi, Tanzania
- Ray Tretheway, Sacramento, California
- Ruth A. Wilson, Bowling Green, Ohio
- Majora Carter, Bronx, New York
- James Huff, Taylorsville, Mississippi
- Bob & Margaret Kintigh, Springfield, Oregon
- Steve Woodard, Cottage Grove, Oregon
- Mississippi Audubon, Moss Point, Mississippi
- NFL Environmental Program, Warwick, Rhode Island
- Planting for Growth, Weed, California
- Sycamore Land Trust, Bloomington, Indiana
- Earl & Wanda Barrs, Buckley County, Georgia
- City of Kent Youth Tree Education Program, Kent, Washington
- Tree Amigos 4H Club, Anniston, Alabama
- Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- The Tree Farmer by Chuck Leavell & Nicholas Cravotta, Macon, Georgia
- TREE: A New Vision of the American Forest by James Balog, Boulder, Colorado
- TREEmendous Arbor Day, Arapahoe, Nebraska
- Enterprise Rent-a-Car
- Home Depot Foundation
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.