2005 National Arbor Day Awards

Lady Bird Johnson Award

Interstate MAX Yellow Line, Portland, Oregon

In May of 2004, Portland, Oregon's TriMet light rail system finished a four-year project extending the rail service 5.8 miles. The $350 million project committed itself to making the new stretch one of the greenest in the nation. By the time work was completed, more than 20,000 trees and shrubs had been planted and properly cared for to ensure their survivability. TriMet also expanded an existing wetland area that was adjacent to the Portland International Raceway and worked with local neighborhood associations to relocate 35 trees that would have been in danger due to the construction.

Texas Department of Transportation, Houston, Texas

The Texas Department of Transportation went to great lengths to beautify Houston, which served as host of the 2004 National Football League's Super Bowl and Major League Baseball's All-Star Game. Having only 120 days to complete four major beautification efforts, the project involved planting nearly 30,000 native oak, pine, elm, sweetgum, baldcypress, ash, laurel, and palm trees. The plantings were carried out along 32 miles of corridor highways leading into Reliant Stadium and the Astro's new ballpark.

  • J. Sterling Morton Award

    • Dr. Pedro Sanchez, Palisades, New York
  • Frederick Law Olmsted Award

    • Huey Johnson, San Francisco, California
  • Lawrence Enersen Award

    • Bob Bickelhaupt, Clinton, Iowa
    • Alan Hirsch, Sacramento, California
  • Good Steward Award

    • Henry Kernan, Albany, New York
    • Dr. Lawrence Burtner, Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • Lady Bird Johnson Award

    • Interstate MAX Yellow Line, Portland, Oregon
    • Texas Department of Transportation, Houston, Texas
  • Project Award

    • Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
    • TREE POWER, Washington, DC
    • International Olympic Committee, Switzerland
    • Burnham Park Association, Morris Township, New Jersey
    • OPPD Arboretum, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Education Award

    • TreeKeepers Kids, Detroit, Michigan
    • Take a Tree Walk, written by Jane Kirkland and published by Stillwater Publishing, Lionville, Pennsylvania
  • Media Award

    • Arboretum America, by Diana Beresford Kroeger
    • Native Trees for North American Landscapes, by Guy Sternberg with Jim Wilson, published by the Timber Press, Portland, Oregon
  • Celebration Award

    • The Fairbanks Arbor Day Committee, Fairbanks, Alaska
    • Arborfest 2004 - Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Promise to the Earth Award

    • Albertsons Inc., Boise, Idaho