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Manchester, N.H. (September 28, 2009)- University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension today announced a month-long series of talks and workshops on critical forestry issues, with a focus on the Asian Longhorn Beetle threat. These meetings are some of hundreds of tree-centric events throughout the country being promoted during October, which has been declared National NeighborWoods Month by the national nonprofit, the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT). University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is a member of ACT’s NeighborWoods Network.
“It’s great to be working on important forestry issues at a time when other organizations are doing so as well,” said Karen Bennett of University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. “Part of our goal is to draw attention to the good work being done at the grassroots level all across the country to improve urban and community forests.”
University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension’s celebration will take place as follows:
* 10/1/09 – Asian Longhorn Beetle and other Invasive Threats to our Forests, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Grindle Center, 73 Main Street, Conway, NH.
* 10/3/09 – 100th Anniversary of NH Division of Forest and Lands, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Pine River State Forest, Effingham, NH.
* 10/3/09 – Asian Longhorn Beetle Informational Meeting, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Hopkinton Town Library located at 61 Houston Drive, Contoocook, NH 03229.
* 10/13/09 – Asian Longhorn Beetle Informational Meeting, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Harold S. Gilman Museum located at Main Street, Alton, NH 03809
* 10/15/09 – Putting the Garden to Bed, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at New Hampshire Technical Institute located at Sweeney Building Rm. 225, 31 College Drive, Concord, NH 03301
* 10/16/09 – Caring for your forest – Your Woodlot and Wildlife, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Two locations: Andorra Forest in Stoddard, NH 03464 or NH Farm Museum in Plummer’s Ridge, Milton, NH 03857
* 10/21/09 – Asian Longhorn Beetle Informational Meeting, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Laconia Public Library located at 695 Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246
“Having local organizations like University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension participate in National NeighborWoods Month helps us show the cumulative effect of a burgeoning urban and community forestry movement,” said ACT Executive Director Alice Ewen Walker. Founded in 1993, the Alliance for Community Trees is a national coalition of 150 nonprofit organizations engaged in urban and community forestry. Its members are dedicated to grassroots community greening, public education, policymaking, job training, environmental design and other activities that support better urban forest stewardship.
NeighborWoods Month is sponsored through a generous grant from The Home Depot Foundation. “Trees are an important component of responsible design to ensure that homes are affordable, energy efficient, safe and healthy,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “By partnering with ACT and local NeighborWoods organizations like University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, The Foundation is able to further its goals of investing in the overall health and success of our communities.”
About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation was created in 2002 to further the community building goals of The Home Depot. The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to building affordable homes for working families that are healthy to live in and affordable to own. To make homes healthy and affordable, the Foundation encourages developers to incorporate responsible design and use durable and quality materials to ensure that homes are more energy and water efficient, have good indoor air quality, and provide a safe and healthy space to live. Since its formation, The Home Depot Foundation has granted $120 million to nonprofit organizations and supported the development of more than 65,000 affordable, healthy homes. For more information, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.
University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension to Celebrate National NeighborWoods Month
National NeighborWoods Month Press Release