Prince George's County, Maryland

Green Power Rules at Longfields Elementary Arbor Day Celebration

For Immediate Release: 4/25/2014 12:00 AM

Contact: Linda Lowe, Public Information Specialist, Department of Environmental Resources, (301) 883-5952


County officials, join faculty and students to plant 49 trees at annual event

LARGO, MD – Green power was the subject of the day at Longfields Elementary!  The Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources (DER), County officials and the Prince George’s County Beautification Committee (PGCBC), joined the students at Longfields to plant 17 trees in honor of Arbor Day.  An additional 32 trees will be planted throughout the day to earn the school a “green school” classification.

Speaking on behalf of Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, Interim Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Aubrey Thagard, reminded students that they must be active participants in the nurturing of the trees. “These trees will need your care in order to grow healthy and strong,” said Thagard.  “By planting these trees, you are improving the environment and our quality of life for generations to come.”

DER Director Adam Ortiz addressed the students and emphasized that trees are valuable to our environment and help support our lives. “Trees give us oxygen that helps to make us smarter,” he said.  “Everyone in this room has the “green power” to help improve our environment, air quality and to beautify our surroundings.” 

County Council Chair Mel Franklin (D-District 9) and Councilmember Derrick Leon Davis (D-District) presented a proclamation to school principal, Maisha Strong, in honor of the student’s environmental stewardship. They also accepted the TREE CITY USA Award from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ (MDNR) Forest Service, which recognizes the County’s commitment to community forestry.  Prince George’s County is the only county in the nation to have received this award for 30 consecutive years.

The County’s annual Arbor Day event is sponsored by PGCBC. The committee partners with DER, the Department of Public Works and Transportation, the Office of Central Services, MDNR’s Forest Service, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the Neighborhood Design Center, the Prince George’s County Soil Conservation District and Prince George’s County Public Schools to conduct other greening and beautification activities held throughout the County.

Click here to view photos from the event.

For more information on the County’s reforestation programs and services, contact County Click 3-1-1.

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