Governor Martin O’Malley to Receive Arbor Day Foundation Award

Proclaims April 4 Arbor Day in Maryland

Annapolis, Md. (April 4, 2012) – Governor Martin O’Malley today proclaimed April 4, 2012 the 129th Maryland Arbor Day and encouraged citizens to celebrate by planting a tree. Governor O’Malley -- whose passion for trees has garnered him national acclaim –- will receive the Arbor Day Foundation’s first-ever Vision Award in Nebraska City, Nebraska on April 28.

“Arbor Day is a celebration of trees and forests, and presents a perfect opportunity to get outside, plant a tree and give something back to our planet,” said Governor O’Malley. “While this day only comes once a year, the trees we plant today will support clean air and water for our children and theirs.”

Inspired by Governor O’Malley, the new Arbor Day Foundation Vision Award recognizes an individual who, by vision and deed, inspires and advances extraordinary on-the-ground actions to achieve the full benefits of trees and forests. This new national award, which will be given only as merited, honors Governor O’Malley’s unparalleled commitment to programs and practices that promote tree planting and sustainable forestry, a hallmark of his Administration.

“Governor O’Malley has made tree planting and urban forestry a cornerstone of his agenda and is always challenging Marylanders to exceed expectations in conservation and tree care,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “His reputation as a modern-day ‘Johnny Appleseed’ is well deserved, and we look forward to honoring him later this month.”

“I’m both honored and humbled by this acknowledgement of our efforts,” said Governor O’Malley. “Protecting our forests and planting trees a priority because clean water and clean air are a priority. By nurturing and growing our forests, we are creating a smarter, greener, more sustainable future for our State and our children.”

The award will recognize the Governor for his leadership in increasing the State’s tree canopy, obtaining dual “green” certification of the State’s forests, development of greenhouse gas reduction strategies, participation in the Baltimore-Washington Partners for Forest Stewardship and establishment of the Sustainable Forestry Act and no net loss of forest policy goals.

Arbor Day and every day, citizens are encouraged to plant and be counted. Marylanders can download $25 coupons toward the purchase of native trees, register every tree they plant to win prizes and contribute to a 100,000-tree planting goal and calculate the benefits of their new trees at

To view the Governor's proclamation click here.

   April 4, 2012

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