The Arbor Day Foundation will honor 13 individuals and organizations with its 2015 Arbor Day Awards on April 25, including Gov. Jerry Brown, who will receive the Champion of Trees Public Service Award.
The awards are presented during a ceremony in Nebraska, and recognize contributions to tree planting, conservation and stewardship. Brown has played a key role in establishing community forestry in California. During his first term, the Urban Forestry Act of 1978 was enacted, creating an urban forestry program in California.
Since 2011, Brown has continued his legacy by advocating for historic funding levels for California’s Urban and Community Forestry Program. Brown’s state budget last June contained $17.8 million for urban and community forestry — the largest one-year, single-state allocation for urban forestry in the history of the United States.
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization whose mission is to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. For information and a list of award recipients, visit www.arborday.org.
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