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E-M:/ DNR Participating in Arbor Day Celebration Friday



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Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 26 April 2005
Contacts: Kevin Sayers 517-241-4632, 	Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014

DNR Participating in Arbor Day Celebration Friday
Events for Children Planned at Lansing's Potter Park

More than 1,000 second- and third-graders will participate in Arbor Day activities slated for Potter Park in Lansing on Friday, April 29. Events start at 10 a.m. and include a community tree planting ceremony at 11:45 a.m.  Potter Park is located at 1301 S. Pennsylvania Avenue.
 
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is a partner in the event, along with several other organizations that comprise the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance. The Arbor Day celebration will include hands-on natural resource activity stations that focus on trees and their ecosystems. The day also includes a crosscut saw race between city of Lansing foresters, juggling entertainment by Tim Salisbury, the announcement of the state winner of the Arbor Day National Poster Contest and planting of the state Arbor Day tree donated by Ayles Tree Service of Potterville.

"The Arbor Day celebration is geared toward children and it presents a great way to teach them about the importance of conservation and stewardship of our natural resource," said Kevin Sayers, DNR urban and community forestry state coordinator. "This event highlights for children the important roles that tree play in the ecosystem, and the fact that they are a vital, renewable resource."

In addition to the activities at Potter Park, the State Capitol Building also will host an Arbor Day art exhibit. Fifth graders from around the state submitted original posters to the Arbor Day Poster Contest, and the posters will be displayed the week of April 25.

For more information about the State Arbor Day celebration, please see the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Web page at www.miarbordayalliance.org.

The DNR is committed to conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.

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