ABCP Newsletter and Annual Report--July, 2005 (abcp-nl05 header.gif (8364 bytes))

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John Rosenow, President of The National Arbor Day Foundation, presents the foundation’s highest yearly honor, the J. Sterling Morton Award, to Sebastian Chuwa during ceremonies at the Lied Lodge in Nebraska City, Nebraska June 2, 2007.

Arbor Day Foundation Awards Sebastian Highest Honor

On June 2, 2007, Sebastian Chuwa was presented with the highest yearly award given by The National Arbor Day Foundation, the J. Sterling Morton Award, at ceremonies in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Each year the NADF board of directors, staff and invited guests attend 2-day awards ceremonies to honor individuals and groups from around the world who have made substantial contributions towards bringing trees into public attention through the media, books, educational initiatives and tree-planting activities.

John Rosenow, president of the foundation, presented the award with these words: “Sebastian’s dedication to community-supported initiatives and youth education has inspired a generation in his homeland to plant and celebrate the value of trees. Through his tree-planting efforts, he is making an impact at home and around the world.”

J. Sterling Morton was the Nebraska pioneer responsible for the establishment of the first Arbor Day ceremonies in Nebraska City, where he and his wife, Caroline, were the inspiration for widespread planting of beneficial trees on the windswept, treeless prairies of the US heartland. As the Secretary of Nebraska Territory and the editor of the state’s first newspaper, he advocated widely for tree planting and it is estimated that over a million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day in 1872. Now the event is celebrated in nations around the world.

Today The National Arbor Day Foundation keeps alive the memory of its founder. His original homesite is a state park and the ancestral farm is devoted to public demonstration sites, fully producing orchards and a hotel/facility for conference meetings and tours called the Lied Lodge.

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Sebastian, James and Bette participate in the ceremonial planting of an Eastern White Pine tree at the Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in Nebraska City on Saturday, June 2, 2007.

US ABCP Directors, James Harris and Bette Stockbauer-Harris, joined Sebastian in Nebraska City to celebrate the awards ceremonies with him, spending extra days before and after the official activities working together on the planning of future conservation projects for the ABCP.

We are grateful to The National Arbor Day Foundation for inviting us and bestowing this great honor on our colleague. The congeniality and hospitality of the Arbor Day Directors and staff in Nebraska City were deeply appreciated and we hope to continue an association that will last into the future for many Arbor Days yet to come. See further information on our website at: www.blackwoodconservation.org/arbordayaward/index.html. 

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“The cultivation of trees is the
cultivation of the good,
the beautiful and
the ennobling in man.”
– J. Sterling Morton

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Good Gifts Catalogue Raises Funding for Mpingo Planting

As reported in last year’s newsletter, the ABCP has been chosen for inclusion in a UK charitable venture called the Good Gifts Catalogue.     

Hilary Blume is the inspiration behind the Good Gifts Catalogue, a project she founded in 2004 as a service to charitable organizations around the world. Her idea was to re-channel some of the gift money that people spend in developed nations towards projects needed for development in less fortunate countries. So, instead of buying something that may never be used for a friend or loved one, a gift can be chosen that will cover the cost of an item or an animal that will help bring a poor family needed income or nourishment or send its children to school, or, as is the case with the ABCP, plant threatened or endangered trees.

In its first 18 months, among the gifts that people bought were 4,000 goats, over 1,000 acres of Ecuadorian rainforest, and 10,000 kg of African-farmed maize and millet. All gifts are delivered by local projects.

An example of one unique offering is the purchase of an army tank or Kalashnikov rifle, salvaged from weaponry discarded in war-torn West Africa. These are supplied to farm communities ravaged by war to dismantle and fashion into new implements for agriculture, school bells and domestic implements. (cont.p.2)

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