National Tree Hugger Day at the Jefferson Memorial

Washington, DC (October 17, 2009)- “The many benefits of trees are often overlooked and underappreciated,” says Deborah Gangloff, Executive Director of American Forests, the nation’s oldest citizens’ conservation group and home of the forest restoration program, Global ReLeaf. “The first National Tree Hugger Day is an opportunity to begin a new tradition to highlight the remarkable contributions that trees make to all aspects of our lives and to encourage everyone to plant and protect trees.” Fall is also a great time to visit the cherry trees at the Jefferson Memorial, our nation’s most well-known trees.

WHAT: Tree Hugger Day in the Nation’s Capital
WHO: American Forests, IKEA, National Cherry Blossom Festival, National Park Service, Grammy-winning performers Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, and more
WHEN: Saturday, October 17, from noon to 3 p.m.
Community Tree Hug and photo op – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Jefferson Memorial plaza (west side of Jefferson Memorial; downtown DC)
WHY: To introduce the importance of trees to a new generation; to thank the customers of IKEA for planting 1 million trees with American Forests
National Tree Hugger Day is organized by American Forests and IKEA to celebrate the 1 millionth tree planted in American Forests’ Global ReLeaf restoration projects thanks to the contributions of IKEA customers. The national celebration features a photo contest open to all until Nov. 1st.
The DC event features Grammy-winning musical performers Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, free long-sleeved t-shirts and souvenir photos, prizes, crafts and tree walks by City of Trees author Melanie Choukas-Bradley, and Park Service naturalists. A “Community Tree Hug” and photos will take place at 1:30 p.m. Special guest appearances for children of Blossom, one of the lovable and educational Treetures(r) characters, and Paddles the Beaver, a National Park Service mascot.
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