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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.

Gary Johnson, University of Minnesota Extension Professor Frederick Law Olmsted Award

As the Extension Professor of Urban and Community Forestry at the University of Minnesota for the past 25 years, Gary has improved tree care and planting practices all across the state of Minnesota and upper Midwest. Gary has had a tremendous impact on small towns, as well as large cities. These towns rely on agriculture and natural resources as the basis of their economy. However, many of them lack formal tree care programs. Gary supports and engages with these small communities throughout Minnesota to help create solid community forestry practices.


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.