Arbor Day is Friday, April 29 but Thursday night the City of Terre Haute celebrated it with Arbor Day awards.
Six different honors were handed out on this night to celebrate trees and the environment in Terre Haute.
A volunteer was honored, along with an educator, a business and the Cornerstone Award.
They are just part of the effort to create and maintain an urban forest in Terre Haute that improves the life of everyone who lives and works here.
Terre Haute Forester Sheryle Dell says, “We have people here, uh, who have written books that have inspired, uh, communities to take action, uh, we have RETHINK. We have, uh, you know, just a volunteer who goes out and brings kids in so it’s really important for our community that we recognize the efforts of these individuals.”
The Joy Sacopulos Legacy Award went to former county parks director Keith Ruble. The Urban Forester’s Award for Excellence went to author Marion Jackson.
The Volunteer of the Year is Evan Boyer. The Outstanding Educator is Shikha Bhattacharyya. The Outstanding Business is The Apple House and the Cornerstone Award went to Carissa Lovett.
THE JOY SACOPULOS LEGACY AWARD WENT TO FORMER COUNTY PARKS DIRECTOR KEITH RUBLE AND THE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE WENT TO AUTHOR MARION JACKSON.
TERRE HAUTE HAS NEEN NAMED “TREE CITY-USA” FOR 18 STRAIGHT YEARS.