University Landscape Architect Steve Volkmann was recognized April 22 by the Chadwick Arboretum with a Lorax Award, which is given annually to those who advocate for trees.
The award, which is Chadwick Arboretum’s highest honor, was first presented in 2011. This year, the award was given to three other individuals who also advocate for trees.
“The Lorax” is a children’s book by Dr. Seuss that chronicles the plight of the environment and a character called the Lorax, who “speaks for the trees.”
In the last year, Ohio State has planted more than 500 trees, and the university has committed to doubling its tree canopy by 2025. Additionally, with the help of the Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed, more than 25 student organizations as well as some community volunteers, more than 2,000 trees and shrubs were recently planted.