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MEDIA ADVISORY
                                                    
September 4, 2013

Kent volunteers to receive Urban Forestry Stewardship Award
Honor will be presented to Green Kent Partnership volunteers at Washington Urban and Community Forest Council meeting on Sept. 11

OLYMPIA – Green Kent Partnership volunteer stewards are getting some well-deserved recognition from a statewide urban forestry leadership organization. They were selected by the Washington Urban and Community Forest Council to receive its Urban Forestry Stewardship Award.

 Who:Green Kent Partnership volunteer stewards
 What:Urban Forestry Stewardship Award
 When:2 p.m., September 11, 2013
 Where:  Tibbets Creek Manor, 750 17th Ave. NW, Issaquah
 Why:

Presentation of the Urban Forestry Stewardship Award, which recognizes exceptional leadership, creativity, cooperation and stewardship toward the goals of urban and community forestry in Washington.

Quote
“The Green Kent Stewards are wonderful examples of how volunteers can take active roles in caring for their natural areas and helping their urban forests thrive. The Stewards’ sheer number of work parties hosted, acres of invasive species cleared, and native trees and shrubs planted greatly impressed the Council. We are delighted to recognize the Stewards and the Green Kent Partnership.”

Please attribute quote to: Ara Erickson, Washington Urban and Community Forest Council member, formerly with Green Kent partner, Forterra, and now with Weyerhaeuser.

The Green Kent Partnership
The Green Kent Partnership empowers residents of Kent to be part of a 20-year restoration management plan. Once they receive training, access to tools and support staff, the Stewards select a park or natural area they care about and begin a four-phased restoration which includes removing invasive weeds, replanting with native trees and shrubs, adding eco-friendly weed barriers, and monitoring the area. Currently there are 21 trained Green Kent Stewards. Some have been leading environmental restoration work parties at their sites for three years. For more information about the program and the next Steward orientation, contact Victoria Andrews, 253-856-5113, vandrews@kentwa.gov.

City of Kent
Kent is the sixth largest city in Washington with a population of 119,100. A culturally rich destination, Kent features captivating neighborhoods, award-winning parks, exceptional school districts and nationally accredited police and fire departments. In recent years, Kent has experienced impressive economic growth, and is nationally known as a prime location for manufacturing. For more information, visit KentWA.gov.

Washington Community Forestry Council
The Council’s mission is to provide leadership that helps local communities create self-sustaining urban and community forestry programs that preserve, plant and manage forests and trees for public benefits and quality of life. Council members are appointed by the Commissioner of Public Lands to represent various agencies and organizations, including the Association of Washington Cities, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Pacific NW Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture and the Washington State Recreation & Park Association.

Washington State Urban and Community Forestry Program
The Washington State Urban and Community Forestry Program works to educate citizens and decision-makers about the economic, environmental, psychological and aesthetic benefits of trees and to assist local governments, citizen groups and volunteers in planting and sustaining healthy trees and vegetation wherever people live and work in Washington State.

Media Contacts:
Victoria L. Andrews, Kent Parks, Recreation & Community Services; 253-856-5113, vandrews@KentWA.gov Linden Lampman, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Urban & Community Forestry, 1-800-523-8733; linden.lampman@dnr.wa.gov

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