contact: Erv Evans, 919.515.5378 or firstname.lastname@example.org State Master
Gardener coordinator, Department of Horticultural Science College
of Agriculture and Life Sciences
TO EDITORS: As part of the Trees of Strengthsm
campaign, specialists with the North Carolina Cooperative
Extension Service are providing monthly news releases related
to trees. This is the second in that series.
declares November Trees of Strengthsm month
Gov. Mike Easley has declared November Trees of Strengthsm month
in North Carolina, encouraging North Carolinians to plant trees
in memory of those who died in terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 and
to show support for the firefighters, police officers and servicemen
who protect and defend the nation.
its Trees of Strength campaign, North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s
educators and Extension Master Gardener volunteers are planting
trees and providing tree-planting information that will enable
other individuals and groups to join the effort.
fall and early spring are the best times for tree planting, so
the governor’s proclamation is timely,” said Erv Evans, coordinator
of the state’s Extension Master Gardener program and a faculty
member with N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and
statewide Trees of Strength campaign began Sept. 29 in Hillsborough,
where town officials and others gathered to plant a red maple
in front of the town hall and to learn how to select and plant
trees of their own. Extension Master Gardeners in other counties
also are planning events for their communities.
have long been seen as an enduring symbol of life and renewal,”
Evans said. “We believe that the trees we plant this fall and
spring will serve as a lasting symbol both of our promise to remember
those who lost their lives and of our support for our troops and
others who help protect and defend our lives and our freedom.”
are the reasons our Extension Master Gardeners are encouraging
citizens to plant trees as part of this campaign. But there are
plenty of other practical benefits that people can derive from
planting trees,” Evans said. “They enhance the appearance of our
communities, for example, and they increase property value, provide
food and shelter for wildlife, and reduce energy costs, soil erosion
and stormwater runoff.”
Trees of Strength campaign will continue until December 2002.
of Strength will be marked by red, white and blue ribbons, and
Extension Master Gardeners will keep a registry of all the trees
planted as part of the effort and provide tree-planting and tree-care
information to those who wish to plant Trees of Strength.
find out more, call your county’s North Carolina Cooperative Extension
center. You can find the number listed under county government
in your local phone book or on the Web at http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/counties.
Or visit the Trees of Strength Web site at http://www.treesofstrength.org.
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