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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.

Nelda Matheny & Dr. James Clark Excellence in Urban Forest Leadership Award

Jim and Nelda are working together to give back to the industry they love so much; combining their knowledge and hands-on experience in arboriculture and urban forestry with a strong commitment to the education and development of practicing professionals. They have co-authored four books together that are used internationally as college texts and as reference library essentials. Their publications have received numerous accolades by forestry professionals in the United States and the international community.


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.