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2016 National Arbor Day Awards

The 2016 Arbor Day Awards honored seventeen 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 2016 award weekend.

Dr. Gerard Donnelly J. Sterling Morton Award

Dr. Gerard Donnelly’s life work has focused, not only on the planting and nurturing of trees, but the assurance of a global strategy for plant conservation. He is the president and CEO of the Morton Arboretum. Gerry embraces the power of building alliances and collaborative initiatives. By advocating for the Global Trees Campaign, Gerry and the Morton Arboretum’s leadership role affects the health of plants, people, and the planet.


This Year’s Winners Are


Leaders in tree planting, conservation, and environmental stewardship from around the country and world are honored every other year at our bi-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. Our next awards ceremony will take place in April of 2018.