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Receives Tree City USA® award for the 34th consecutive year
LARGO, MD – Today, Prince George’s County officials joined members of the Prince George’s County Beautification Committee (PGCBC), Birchwood/Clearview Community, and other volunteers to plant 25 native trees in honor of Arbor Day. The trees were planted on the grounds of the Birchwood City Community Recreation Center located in Oxon Hill. The Glassmanor/Oxon Hill area was one of the first selected for inclusion into Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III’s signature Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI) in 2012.
As the first team leader of the Glassmanor/Oxon Hill TNI, Prince George’s County Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Public Infrastructure, Barry L. Stanton reminded the group of why Arbor Day is important to the community.
“This Arbor Day celebration serves as confirmation of what happens when a seed is planted and bears fruit in a community that has made connections,” he stated. “If this day is to be a day of celebration centered around the collaborative spirit of bringing communities together then we should all work to make every day Arbor Day.”
DoE Director Adam Ortiz presented Birchwood/Clearview Sustainable/Oxon Hill TNI Advocate, Sharon R. Sims with an Arbor Day proclamation and shared that planting and protecting trees is a vital part of making Prince George’s a greener County.
“What I love about Arbor Day is that it’s such a simple act to plant trees, but it has an impact that ripples far beyond this day and our lifetime,” said Ortiz. “What we do here today will affect the lives of people that we may never know but will help make a difference in their community.”
Prince George’s County was recognized by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Service with the Tree City USA® award. Prince George’s County is the only County in the nation to receive this award for 34 consecutive years.
PGCBC, chaired by R. Calvert Steuart, is the lead partner of the annual event that implements, recommends, and recognizes actions to beautify and enhance the County of Prince George’s and its quality of life. The committee partners with DoE, the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation, Maryland DNR Forest Service, The Maryland-National Capital Park, and Planning Commission, Master Gardeners/University of Maryland Extension, the Neighborhood Design Center, and the Prince George’s Soil Conservation District in hosting the Arbor Day Celebration.
Click here to view a list of the trees planted.
For more information on the county’s reforestation programs and services, contact DoE’s Sustainability Division at (301) 883-6211.
For more information, contact:Linda Lowe, Public Information OfficerDepartment of the Environment(301) 836-2115