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date 04/01/99

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Nebraska City, Neb.--The Chesapeake Bay Youth Conservation Corps, Chesapeake, Virginia, will receive a National Arbor Day Foundation 1999 Project Award at a special awards ceremony to be held here on Saturday May 1. Project Awards recognize outstanding projects that are collaborative activities involving tree planting and environmental stewardship.

The Chesapeake Bay Youth Conservation Corps is a nonprofit program currently working with more than 300 at-risk young people, teaching them the importance of environmental stewardship and good work habits. Projects include restoring stream side forests, recycling Christmas trees, and other tree planting efforts.

Representatives of the Youth Corps 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: the Living Memorial Tree Planting Project of the Batesville Casket Company, Batesville, Indiana, in recognition of its reforestation leadership; the New York City Parks and Recreation Department, for programs like the Street Tree Census and Green Streets of New York; 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 leladership 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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