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2007 National Arbor Day Awards

Caroline French Morton Award

Ruth A. Wilson, Bowling Green, Ohio

Ruth Wilson of Bowling Green, Ohio, will receive the Caroline French Morton Award, which was established to honor the spirit of stewardship of its namesake. Wilson is a professor emeritus of special education at Bowling Green State University and is considered one of the nation’s foremost experts on the need for connecting young children with nature. She has written numerous books and articles on the subject and her aim is for children to learn respect and appreciation for nature, as well as to develop a sense of wonder.

This year's winners are:

  • J. Sterling Morton Award

    • Sebastian Chuwa, Moshi, Tanzania
  • Frederick Law Olmsted Award

    • Ray Tretheway, Sacramento, California
  • Caroline French Morton Award

    • Ruth A. Wilson, Bowling Green, Ohio
  • Lawrence Enersen Award

    • Majora Carter, Bronx, New York
  • Good Steward Award

    • James Huff, Taylorsville, Mississippi
    • Bob & Margaret Kintigh, Springfield, Oregon
    • Steve Woodard, Cottage Grove, Oregon
  • Project Award

    • Mississippi Audubon, Moss Point, Mississippi
    • NFL Environmental Program, Warwick, Rhode Island
    • Planting for Growth, Weed, California
    • Sycamore Land Trust, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Education Award

    • Earl & Wanda Barrs, Buckley County, Georgia
    • City of Kent Youth Tree Education Program, Kent, Washington
    • Tree Amigos 4H Club, Anniston, Alabama
  • Media Award

    • Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • The Tree Farmer by Chuck Leavell & Nicholas Cravotta, Macon, Georgia
    • TREE: A New Vision of the American Forest by James Balog, Boulder, Colorado
  • Celebration Award

    • TREEmendous Arbor Day, Arapahoe, Nebraska
  • Promise to the Earth Award

    • Enterprise Rent-a-Car
    • Home Depot Foundation

Award winners are recognized for their leadership in the cause of tree planting, conservation,and environmental stewardship.

Leaders in tree planting, conservation, and environmental stewardship from around the country and world are honored each year at our annual Arbor Day Awards celebration held in Nebraska City, Nebraska. The awards ceremony is part of the annual Arbor Day weekend celebration held at Lied Lodge & Conference Center.