Nominations now open for Nebraska Statewide Arboretum awards

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The nomination process for the 2023 Nebraska Statewide Arboretum awards is now open through Sept. 29.

Individuals and/or organizations may be nominated in the following four award categories:

Blazing Star Award: Recognizes an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution toward advancing the horticultural use of native plants or the restoration of native plant communities in Nebraska.

Johnny Appleseed Award: Recognizes an individual who embodies the generous spirit of Johnny Appleseed through a sustained personal involvement in tree-planting in Nebraska.

Educator Award: Recognizes educators who have made an outstanding contribution toward advancing the knowledge and appreciation of plants among their students.

Community Landscape Award: Recognizes individuals, groups, businesses or organizations (including units of government) for the implementation of a landscape project or activity that has significantly improved the green infrastructure of a community. Such projects should reach beyond beautification to include elements of sustainability such as water conservation, stormwater management, land stewardship, tree-canopy restoration, habitat, biodiversity, soil improvements, education and outreach, native plants, etc.

“The annual Nebraska Statewide Arboretum Awards offer an opportunity to shine the spotlight on those who are making a difference in the environment and in the communities we call home,” said Hanna Pinneo, executive director of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. “It’s a privilege to honor those who are doing such good, important work to help foster vibrant communities and a resilient environment.”

Nominate an individual or organization for an NSA Award at link below.

Contact Hanna Pinneo at with questions.

The 2023 Nebraska Statewide Arboretum Awards ceremony will be held Nov. 3.

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