Arbor Day Award Winner Highlights: Award for Excellence in Volunteer Management

Each year the Arbor Day Foundation recognizes outstanding individuals, environmental leaders, and innovative organizations for their sustainable conservation efforts on an international, national, state and community level through the Arbor Day Awards Program. The 2014 Arbor Day Awards were presented April 26 at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City. During May we’ll highlight the award winners.

Award for Excellence in Volunteer Management—University of California-Irvine Shadetree Nursery:

The award for Excellence in Volunteer Management is presented to a community, group, or organization for their outstanding efforts to mobilize and engage volunteers in tree planting and care within a community.

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Matt Deires of the University of California Irvine plants a tree with his parents Peg & Maurie at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park. Photo by Carrie Benes.

Established in 1996 as a three-way partnership between the University of California-Irvine, the Irvine Ranch Water District, and the nonprofit Shadetree Partnership, this long-term community partnership provides trees and support for community tree planting projects throughout southern California.

The Shadetree Nursery Program provides guidance to communities and volunteer coordinators on planting, site selection and provides tools, volunteer training and education at no cost.  The work volunteers do is essential to providing quality nursery stock to be planted on public lands, whether it’s repotting trees or weeding and raking.

The Shadetree Nursery Program successfully led the way in expanding the local tree canopy through volunteer efforts with more than 30,000 shade trees planted during the past 19 years through volunteer tree planting projects.

Are you aware of an outstanding individual or organization that is an exemplary steward of our Earth?  If so, please consider nominating them for our 2015 Arbor Day Awards.

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