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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Schoolchildren make Emerald City a little greener on Arbor Day

4/9/2008  6:30:00 PM
Peg Nielsen, 206.684.8114

Schoolchildren make Emerald City a little greener on Arbor Day
Seattle named a Tree City USA and receives Tree USA Growth Award

SEATTLE - The Emerald City became a little greener on April 9, Arbor Day, thanks to the children of Northgate Elementary School. The students, representing kindergarten through fifth grade, assisted the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) in planting 12 trees in front of their school.

The Arbor Day celebration included City Council President Richard Conlin, who read a mayoral proclamation declaring April as Arbor Month. Vicki Christiansen, state forester for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, announced that Seattle has been named a Tree City USA for the 23rd consecutive year and is also a recipient of the Tree City USA Growth Award. These honors are presented by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the US Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $8 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

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Seattle Department of Transportation

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