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2015 National Arbor Day Awards

The 2015 Arbor Day Awards honored thirteen individuals and organizations for their outstanding contribution to tree planting, conservation and stewardship. Read their stories and watch videos about the winners by clicking on any award below. You can also view photos of the Arbor Day 2015 award weekend.

John Royster, Omaha, NE
Lawrence Enersen Award

John Royster has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to serving his community as a tree planter, promoter and protector. During his 30-year career as a landscape architect, Royster has been committed to conservation. In 1989, John, working with Arbor Day Foundation leadership, developed the first site master plan to guide the physical development of Arbor Day Farm. This visionary plan was intended to serve as the roadmap for guiding the development of visitor facilities.


This year’s winners are:


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.