Nebraska City, NE (May 2, 2012)- Alliance for Community Trees member organizations were among the exemplary tree planters and environmental stewards who received National Arbor Day Awards for Inspiring others to plant and care for trees.
Tree planting nonprofit organizations Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Texas Trees Foundation, and RNeighbors were honored for their success with planting trees, partnerships, and engaging volunteers. Also among the honorees were a founder of the group Colorado Tree Coalition, the U.S. Forest Service, and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. The National Arbor Day Awards honor individuals, organizations, conservation groups and corporations that make a positive impact on the world through tree-planting, and environmental or nature education initiatives.
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society – Excellence in Urban Forest Leadership
Since 1827, the Society has motivated people to improve their quality of life and sense of community through horticulture. They sponsor the Tree Tenders program, which has played a critical role in restoring the tree canopy in Philadelphia. As of today, the Tree Tenders program has recruited 3,600 volunteer tree planters and 200 neighborhood groups. They engage their volunteers in a comprehensive approach, ensuring they are fully equipped to take care of trees once they are planted. A partnership with Keep America Beautiful is resulting in pilot programs that will yield national exposure.
Texas Trees Foundation – Excellence in Partnership Award
Launched in 2002, the Committed to Community Growth Program is a collaboration between TXU Energy, the Texas Trees Foundation and local governments across North Texas to plant, nurture and maintain community trees. Every year, more than 500 volunteers plant thousands of seedlings at the TXU Energy Urban Tree Farm and Education Center located at Richland College in Dallas. Program leaders say they are on track to plant three million trees in some of the most populous areas of North Texas in the next 10 years.
RNeighborWoods – Excellence in Volunteer Management
Since 2004, RNeighborWoods has recruited volunteers and worked with partners and city officials throughout Rochester to plant and maintain community trees. The group, governed by a volunteer committee with insight from each partner, has planted 3,535 boulevard trees with the help of thousands of community members. Volunteers have dedicated more than 9,000 hours of their time in total to planting trees in Rochester.
2012 National Arbor Day Awards
Arbor Day Foundation
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Texas Trees Foundation
Colorado Tree Coalition
U.S. Forest Service
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