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Nominate a Big Tree in Honor of National Walk in the Woods Day 5/21Nominate a Big Tree in Honor of National Walk in the Woods Day 5/21

American Forests – May 13, 2011 By American Forest Foundation

Contact: Sheri Shannon, American Forests, (202) 737-1944 x250  sshannon@amfor.org

Nominate a Big Tree in Honor of National Walk in the Woods Day 2011

May 19, 2011- Washington, DC—American Forests encourages the public to get outside Saturday, May 21, and participate in National Walk in the Woods Day. The day-long occasion has been dedicated in celebration of the International Year of Forests, and is intended to inspire Americans to take time to enjoy the nation’s forests and outdoor spaces, and be reminded of our responsibility to be stewards of these critical natural resources.

While enjoying the outdoors, take part in American Forests’ Big Tree Challenge. Locate and measure a big tree by following the guidelines at www.americanforests.org/resources/bigtrees and see how it compares to the species’ national champion, as listed in the National Register of Big Trees. If you think the tree has what it takes to claim national champion bragging rights, click the link to submit its measurements online.

Since 1940, American Forests’ National Big Tree program has promoted the importance of planting and caring for trees. Every year, these majestic giants are honored in the Register, and American Forests relies on the public to submit possible contenders.

About American Forests
American Forests connects, educates, and inspires people to restore and protect rural and urban forests. Founded in 1875, the organization has served as a catalyst for many of the most important milestones in the conservation movement, including the founding of the U.S. Forest Service and national park system, the creation of the modern environmental movement, and literally thousands of forest ecosystem restoration and education efforts. Since 1991, American Forests has planted nearly 40 million trees in forests throughout the U.S. and beyond, resulting in cleaner air and drinking water, restored habitat for wildlife, and the removal of millions of tons of carbon from the atmosphere. Learn more at www.americanforests.org.

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