Governor O’Malley tells fellow Arbor Day Award winners “reversing deforestation is complicated; planting a tree is simple”

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley was among the 16 organizations and individuals honored with an Arbor Day Award this past weekend.

He received the inaugural Vision Award, in recognition of his extraordinary work promoting urban and forestland conservation and planting.

The Governor stressed the importance of planting trees in his acceptance speech on Saturday in Nebraska City, recalling the story of the child who asks her grandfather about the best time to plant a tree.

Her grandfather says, “Well, it takes time for those roots to go deep and for branches to spread… and so the most important time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.” And the little girl asks, “Well, when is the next best time to plant a tree?” The grandfather responds:”Right now.”

He also put his own spin on the often ideologically charged term “pro-growth,” broadening it to include growth in opportunity, quality-of-life and the enjoyment of earth’s bounty. “In Maryland,” the Governor said, “we consider ourselves pro-growth Americans.”

You see, we believe in growing jobs, and growing opportunity. Like you, we believe in children growing healthy, growing educated, and growing strong. We believe in grandparents growing old with dignity and love. Like you we believe in growing trees, growing stream buffers, growing food for a hungry world.

Governor O’Malley shared his remarks on the Huffington Post yesterday. Below is the video the Foundation put together detailing his accomplishments.