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2012 National Arbor Day Awards

Excellence in Urban Forest Leadership

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Since 1827, the Society has motivated people to improve their quality of life and sense of community through horticulture. They sponsor the Tree Tenders program, which has played a critical role in restoring the tree canopy in Philadelphia. As of today, the Tree Tenders program has recruited 3,600 volunteer tree planters and 200 neighborhood groups. They engage their volunteers in a comprehensive approach, ensuring they are fully equipped to take care of trees once they are planted. A partnership with Keep America Beautiful is resulting in pilot programs that will yield national exposure.

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.