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2011 National Arbor Day Awards

Arbor Day Celebration Award

San Diego Gas & Electric

San Diego Gas & Electric

The Arbor Day Celebration Award went to San Diego Gas & Electric for engaging the community in Arbor Day celebrations that best represent the spirit of the tree-planters' holiday. San Diego Gas & Electric uses its annual Arbor Day program to teach students about the benefits of trees and the importance of taking care of the community forest. Last year, the company's vegetation management and forestry staff coordinated an engaging Arbor Day celebration at the Lilac School in Valley Center, Calif. They taught students about best tree-care practices and showed them the importance of planting the right tree in the right place. With the help of foresters from the company, students replaced seven towering Sycamore trees underneath power lines with appropriate species that will provide many benefits to the school without interfering with the lines. They also planted trees around a large field to provide much-needed shade for students.

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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.