Baltimore to Celebrate National NeighborWoods Month

Sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation
Baltimore, Md. (October 1, 2007)- Parks & People Foundation, Herring Run Watershed Association, and Jones Falls Watershed Association today announced that they will celebrate National NeighborWoods Month by hosting a series of regional tree plantings and awareness events. These events are some of more than 200 regreening, educational, and training efforts throughout the country being promoted during October as part of NeighborWoods Month. NeighborWoods Month is a national campaign of the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT). All three Baltimore organizations are members of ACT’s NeighborWoods Network.


“It’s great to be focusing on the health and livability benefits of trees at a time when other organizations are doing so as well,” said Kari Smith, Assistant Director of Community Greening Stewardship at the Parks & People Foundation. “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.”
The regional events will take place as follows:
10/6/07- 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Baltimore NeighborWoods Kickoff
10/10/07- 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Wyman Park
10/11/07- 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Urban Wood Waste Utilization Forum at University of Baltimore
10/15/07- 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Schoolyard Greening
10/15/07- 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Seedling Giveaways
10/15/07- 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Stony Run Riparian Restoration
10/15/07- 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Remington Neighborhood Greening
10/15/07- 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 1,000 Trees for Baltimore Parks
10/15/07- 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Public Housing Tree Project
10/17/07- 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Greening Celebration at St. John’s Church Methodist in Charles Village
10/27/07- 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Shape Up Parks Day at WhereHarford Rd. and Argonne Dr.
10/28/07- 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Xterra Trail Race at Gwynns Falls Trail at Winans Meadow
More information at: http://calendar.neighborwoodsmonth.org
“Having local organizations like Parks & People Foundation, Herring Run Watershed Association, and Jones Fall Watershed Association 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 140 nonprofit organizations engaged in urban and community forestry in 39 states and Canada. Its members are dedicated to grassroots community greening, public education, policymaking, job training, urban design, and other initiatives that support better awareness of the connections between trees and people.
NeighborWoods Month is sponsored through a generous grant from The Home Depot Foundation. “National NeighborWoods Month offers a unique opportunity for people to understand the contributions of trees to the health, beauty and livability of their communities,” said Kelly Caffarelli, Vice President of The Home Depot Foundation. “By partnering with ACT and local NeighborWoods organizations like Parks & People Foundation, Herring Run Watershed Association, and Jones Fall Watershed Association, 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 by providing additional resources to assist nonprofit organizations building affordable, efficient, and healthy homes throughout the United States and Canada. The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to creating healthy, livable communities through the integration of affordable housing built responsibly and the preservation and restoration of community trees. Since its formation, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $50 million to nonprofit and government organizations throughout North America. In 2006 alone, projects supported by the foundation built 9,000 units of housing and planted 300,000 trees. For more information, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.
For Immediate Release Contact:
Jean DuBose
Parks & People Foundation
410-448-5663, x118
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Download the Parks & People NeighborWoods press release.