South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2004

CELEBRATE ARBOR DAY: FREE TREES, POSTER CONTEST FOR KIDS

(Columbia, SC) - Communities need to start gearing up for Arbor Day, according to the SC Urban and Community Forestry Council. Opportunities include a poster contest for fifth graders and free tree seedlings for public planting ceremonies.

Civic and professional groups, non-profit groups, and governmental entities are eligible to receive the free seedlings for use in public tree planting celebrations. Two native tree species, eastern red cedar and loblolly pine, will be available for ceremonial planting. Groups wishing to order free Arbor Day seedlings should call 803-896-8910 before November 12.

The Arbor Day poster contest offers cash and prizes for the best artwork by a fifth grader. This year’s theme is “Trees are Terrific . . . and Energy Wise!” The state winner will receive a $200 savings bond, $50 in cash, and other prizes. The winning poster will be automatically entered in the national poster contest.

Teachers may request information on the poster contest by calling 803-781-9817 or on-line at http://www.scurbanforestry.org Posters must be submitted to the Urban and Community Forestry Council by November 12.

By law, South Carolina’s Arbor Day is the first Friday in December. The celebration marks the beginning of the state’s tree planting season.

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For more information, contact: Ken Cabe, 803-896-8820.


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