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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.

Atlanta Beltline Arboretum Excellence in Partnership Award

The Atlanta Beltline Arboretum is part of an urban renewal project conceived and organized by the Atlanta community, for the Atlanta community. This sustainable plan is among the largest, most wide-ranging urban development programs currently underway in the United States. The Beltline connects 45 neighborhoods together through trails and green space. What was once unused space is now an unprecedented 22-mile arboretum filled with thousands of plants and trees, echoing Atlanta’s name as the “City of Trees.”


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.