Nebraska City, Neb. (April 14, 2014) – Dr. Kim Coder is the recipient of a 2014 Arbor Day Award in honor of his outstanding contribution to tree planting, conservation and stewardship, the Arbor Day Foundation announced today. Dr. Coder, Professor of Community Forestry and Tree Health at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia - Athens, is one of 13 individuals, organizations and companies being recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation during the annual Arbor Day Awards. This year's ceremony will be held at Lied Lodge & Conference Center, located at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, Nebraska, on Saturday, April 26. Dr. Coder will receive the Morton Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Foundation. Dr. Coder is recognized across the globe as an expert on the effective planning and proper care required to grow and maintain a vital urban and community tree canopy. Seen as a "founding father" in the establishment and evolution of best practices integral to the field of arboriculture, he is also known for his unique ability to effectively engage audiences with his knowledge, passion and visionary leadership. Award winners from previous years include the late Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, the United States Forest Service, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Mary Kay, Inc. About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.