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Arbor Day Gift for Georgetown Elementary

Arbor Day Gift for Georgetown Elementary

Annapolis, MD (4-24-12) – Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen joined about 40 students from Germantown Elementary and took part in the environmental tradition of celebrating Arbor Day by planting a tree.

Department of Natural Resources Forester Horace Henry, Germantown Elementary School Principal Walter Reap, and City Environmentalist Jan van Zutphen all helped to plant a Red Maple tree in a highly visible area where students can watch its development.

“Annapolis has so many special qualities, but one of the most important and often overlooked is its tree canopy,” Mayor Cohen said.  “Trees have a positive economic and environmental impact on the City and are part of the enduring quality of the historic area.”

Lt. Robert Beans, representing the office of Congressman John Sarbanes, also attended the event. Congressman Sarbanes is the driving force behind the NO CHILD LEFT INSIDE outdoor education initiative. 

During today’s ceremony, Mr. Henry presented Mayor Cohen with the Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating progress in its community forestry program. Annapolis was also recognized as a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry.  This is the 20th year Annapolis has earned this national recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation, a nonprofit, environmental and educational organization.

“Communities that are honored with a Tree City USA designation and Growth Award make a strong commitment to planning and caring for trees, and we applaud their efforts,” said John Rosenow, Chief Executive and Founder of the Arbor Day foundation.

To learn more about Tree City USA, go to www.arobrday.org/treeCityUSA