2011 National Arbor Day Awards
J. Sterling Morton Award Dr. Anne Hallum
Anne Hallum of the Alliance for International Reforestation (A.I.R) in DeLand, Fla., was presented with the J. Sterling Morton Award, the highest honor given by the Arbor Day Foundation. Hallum founded her nonprofit organization to help people in Guatemala by establishing a better, more sustainable quality of life through tree-planting. The Morton Award is named after J. Sterling Morton, who founded Arbor Day in 1872. Under Hallum’s direction and guidance, the Alliance for International Reforestation has been educating residents in Guatemala and Nicaragua since 1993, working with 25 to 30 villages at a time, each for a period of five years. The staff (all native residents) educates indigenous volunteers about proper tree-planting and agroforestry that will provide sustainable farming as well as protection from frequent and dangerous mudslides. Through proper tree-planting, mountainside erosion is controlled and mudslides are avoided during the harshest of storms. The native trees planted by local volunteers and farmers help preserve important forests, which have a tremendous impact on the villages. These trees improve nutrition for people and livestock, provide animal habitat, clean the air, protect local water, supply firewood, shade homes and fertilize crops. A.I.R. has worked with more than 110 villages in rural Guatemala and Nicaragua, adding more than 3.7 million trees to the region’s rain forest.
View Award Video for Dr. Anne Hallum
The day after National Arbor Day our annual Arbor Day awards banquet takes place. The National Arbor Day Awards are a chance to highlight people across the world that are making a difference through trees. For the next few weeks we are going to take an in-depth look at the 2011 Award Winners.
But first I wanted to share with all of you the opening remarks from the founder and CEO of the Arbor Day Foundation, John Rosenow.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”
I think Emerson was speaking of the power of intention. The good people we honor tonight, these Arbor Day Award winners, clearly made their decisions, and sent their intentions out to the universe — backed up with large doses of hard work and collaboration and love.
The results have included the planting of thousands and thousands and thousands of trees—and the triumph of the human spirit.
Friday is National Arbor Day. Although many states such as California, Maryland, Missouri, and Oregon have already celebrated Arbor Day, today is the nationally recognized tree planting holiday of Arbor Day. The original Arbor Day was celebrated April 10th, 1872 in Nebraska. A day where an estimated 1 million trees were planted by individuals and counties in Nebraska.
I am curious what are you doing this Arbor Day to continue this 140 year old tradition?
Recently on our Facebook Fan Page I asked the question, Do you have a favorite tree? I thought I would extend that offer to you.
What’s Your Favorite Tree and Why?
The Arbor Day Foundation has developed a new application to make identifying trees even easier for iPhone and iPod Touch users.
The new application is called Arbor Day Tree Identification Guide: What Tree Is That?, and it’s based on the Arbor Day Foundation’s acclaimed tree identification guide, What Tree Is That? The new application is simple to use helps people identify the species of trees in just minutes. By identifying a few basic characteristics of a tree, such as leaf size and shape and branch structure, iPhone users will be able to determine what type of tree is in their backyard, neighborhood, city park or just about anywhere.
This isn’t one of our normal topics, but since so many of you voted for this contest you are probably curious to know who won. Today the winner was announced and the picture above was the winner.
Congratulations to Kaylyn Sawin-Johnson, at the University of Colorado – Boulder, for winning the Arbordaynow.org Tree Campus Photo Contest!
Look at the Top 3 Winners.
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A recent blog published on Deeproot Urban Landscape looked at the depth of roots for several different types of trees. They compared several different research papers to debunk a common myth about tree roots. This group was interested in learning the answer to this question because they are focused on the improving green infrastructure through street trees. As a home owner or landscape designer the study does have several relevant implications.
Arbordaynow.org asked students around the country to submit photos of trees on their college campuses. They asked them to help show the valuable role that trees play in our daily lives. From energy conservation to wildlife habitat, from storm water runoff to simple beauty, we wanted them to capture the emotional and historical presence that trees hold in the lives of the many students and community members that pass through their campuses every day.
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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the Partners in Community Forestry National Conference in Philadelphia. The three day conference brought together a diverse group of individuals that all take care of or build urban forest. Groups included utility arborists, city foresters, non-profit tree planting organizations, city planners, and city employees (just to name a few). While sitting in one seminar about the 2030 Shade plan for the City of Phoenix the point came back to me again about how important Right Tree, Right Place is. The city is making a huge investment to increase their urban canopy from under 10% to 25% by 2030.
The plan focuses much of its effort on Right Tree Right Place because so much of their current effort and budget is currently about fixing trees because they were Wrong Tree, Wrong Place. Read more…
Autumn Tree Care
Cooler weather is a great time for planting trees and for the trees that you currently it is time to prepare them for the rapidly approaching winter months.
Here are some tips from our friends at Casey Trees in Washington DC.