Munfordville doctor honored for planting trees

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Dr. James Middleton wins Arbor Day Award

A Munfordville resident is the recipient of a 2012 Arbor Day Award in honor of his contribution to tree planting, conservation and stewardship, the Arbor Day Foundation announced.

Dr. James Middleton is one of 16 individuals and organizations being recognized by the foundation at its annual Arbor Day Awards. The ceremony is Saturday in Nebraska City, Neb.

Middleton will receive the Good Steward Award in recognition of stewardship and conservation on private land. In 2011, the Good Steward Award winner was Charles D. Williams, also of Munfordville.

To date, Middleton has planted more than 750,000 trees on his 3,000-acre property. In addition to their aesthetic contribution, many of the trees reduced soil erosion. As many as 1,500 of Middleton’s trees were planted solely to improve water quality.

Middleton also received the 2010 Outstanding Forest Steward Award from the Kentucky Division of Forestry.

Since 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized the inspiring and life-changing work of leading environmental stewards and tree planters through the annual Arbor Day Awards.