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date 04/12/99

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Nebraska City, Neb., April 12, 1999--The New York City Parks and Recreation Department will receive a National Arbor Day Foundation Project Award at a special awards ceremony to be held here on Saturday, May 1. Project Awards recognize outstanding projects that re collaborative activities involving tree planting and environmental stewardship.

The New York City Parks and Recreation Department is being recognized for outstanding efforts like the Street Tree Census Project and the Green Streets of New York program. The census involved more than 700 volunteers and resulted in an inventory of every street tree on the city's 33,278 blocks, while the Green Streets of New York converted paved, unused street properties into green spaces.

will attend the 27th annual National Arbor Day Foundation Awards banquet to receive the award. The ceremony is part of the Arbor Day weekend celebration held in Nebraska City from April 30-May 2.

Others being honored this year include the other 1999 Project Award winners: Chesapeake Bay Youth Conservation Corps, Chesapeake, Virginia, for teaching at-risk youth of the value of trees to our environment; the Living Memorial Tree Planting Project of the Batesville Casket Company, Batesville, Indiana, in recognition of its leadership in reforestation; the Rotary Greenway Project, Indianapolis, Indiana, for beautifying 50 blocks of the city by planting 12,000 plants, including 700 trees; and the Omaha World-Herald's Branching Out Program, Omaha, Nebraska, for its leadership in replacing trees destroyed by snow and ice storms.

The National Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit education organization dedicated to tree planting and environmental stewardship.

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