Purpose of Award
The John Nolen award recognizes an individual, organization, group, or business that has demonstrated the sound practice of ecological principles in specific projects or applications. Past award recipients made major contributions to the practice and advancement of ecological restoration and provided exemplary applications of the theory, practice or public awareness of ecological restoration.
The award is an engraved plaque of recognition, with an optional cash prize available (up to $2,000 at the discretion of the Friends of the Arboretum board of directors based on recommendations from the judges). The award will be presented to the winner at the Leopold Restoration Awards dinner on October 8, 2015 held at the Arboretum Visitor Center in Madison. The recipient must be present to receive the award.
John Nolen (1869–1937) was a pioneer of professional city planning in the United States. His comprehensive approach merged social, economic, and physical aspects while emphasizing preservation of an area’s natural beauty. Nolen’s design for Wisconsin's capital city, Madison, is an important factor in the shape this city retains to this day. In his 1911 report to the Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association, Madison: A Model City—considered to be a preeminent example of the urban landscape movement—Nolen urged residents to preserve and restore the local natural features. He also urged the university to develop garden and horticulture resources, stating “The University of Wisconsin should have…a good-sized arboretum, say, 200 acres…,” bringing him the designation of “father” of the Arboretum. When he died, The New York Times praised him as an "internationally known architect and pioneer in modern city and regional planning."
Nominations due April 3, 2015
For more information and to view past Awards recipients, click here.
The nomination form may be submitted in any of the 3 ways below. Make sure your submission is complete. Paper submissions are still required to follow character limits. You will be notified when your nomination has been received.
Complete the on-line form and hit "Submit" at the end. We recommend that you work on your nomination in a word processing program until is it complete, then paste it into the form.
By post (print all pages and mail):
Friends of the Arboretum
Leopold Award Nominations
1207 Seminole Highway
Madison WI 53711
Postmarked by April 3, 2015
By email as attachment to: