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2010 Arbor Day Awards

J. Sterling Morton Award

David Nowak

David NowakDavid Nowak, project leader with the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station, received the J. Sterling Morton Award, the highest honor given by the Arbor Day Foundation. For the past 25 years, Nowak's research on the value and benefits of urban forests has had a major impact on the environment.

The Morton Award is named after J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day.

Nowak led a team of researchers to quantify the benefits of urban forests. By the early 1990s, he was the first person to statistically sample and assess the urban forests of Chicago and Oakland, Calif. Because of his work, city leaders in these communities were able to understand the value and importance of trees. His work led to the development of i-Tree, a collaborative program between public and private partners that provides tools for communities to use to measure the environmental services provided by trees. The i-Tree tool is now being used by thousands of communities around the world. In 2007, Nowak and the scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize alongside Al Gore, Jr.

In addition, this year the Arbor Day Foundation presented awards to six other individuals, seven organizations and three corporations, all of which has demonstrated a commitment to tree planting and conservation efforts.

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.

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