Nominations for 2008 Friends of Trees Awards Sought by March 28


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March 5, 2008

Nominations for 2008 Friends of Trees Awards Sought by March 28

The Fairfax County Tree Commission seeks nominations for its 2008 Friends of Trees Awards by Friday, March 28. The awards are presented to individuals or organizations that have preserved, protected or planted trees.

Obtain a nomination form by visiting www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/environmental/trees.htm, or call Fairfax County’s Urban Forest Management Division at 703-324-1770, TTY 711. Completed forms must be postmarked no later than March 28, and sent to: Fairfax County Urban Forest Management Division, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 518, Fairfax, VA 22035-5503.

Individuals or projects or programs may be nominated. To qualify, individuals must have demonstrated superior actions in preserving, protecting or planting trees. The following types of projects or programs may be nominated:

  • Preservation: projects or programs for land or easement donations, or appropriate arbor care.
  • Education: projects or programs that create publications, interpretive trail development, tree marking with identification tags, or make presentations to the public about preservation, protection and planting of trees.
  • Planting: projects or programs that conduct seedling plantings, riparian restoration plantings and heritage species plantings.
  • Maintenance: innovative projects or programs that share the responsibility for long-term maintenance without traditional funding sources.

Projects or programs must have been completed in 2007, or they must have been started in 2007 with anticipated life of more than one year.

The awards will be presented on Saturday, April 19, at the annual Fairfax County Earth Day/Arbor Day celebration.

The Fairfax County Tree Commission is appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The commission provides leadership in developing awareness and an understanding of the objectives and methods of tree conservation and assists the county’s Urban Forest Management Division in the development and maintenance of technical specifications and guidelines

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