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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Casey Trees announces Spring Community Tree Planting schedule

Please see the press release from Casey Trees below which outlines their very busy planting schedule in March and April all around the city. They are always looking for volunteers and from my own experience I can tell you it is a lot of fun. I always learn something and meet some great people!

Contact: Jared Powell
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Casey Trees announces spring Community Tree Planting schedule

Volunteers needed to help plant trees at record number of events.
(Washington, DC – X June 2010) – Casey Trees will plant more than 750 trees at 47 sites across the District this spring through its Community Tree Planting (CTP) program. The spring 2011 CTP schedule includes the greatest number of planting events Casey Trees has undertaken in one season to date.

Of note is the number of schools and learning centers — 21, another record this season — scheduled to receive trees. Casey Trees’ education department works with public, private and charter K-12 schools located in the District to coordinate tree plantings on and surrounding their campuses and to develop educational programming such as tree rallies to prepare students to plant.

Orr Elementary School students and faculty will kickoff Casey Trees’ Arbor Day celebration on April 30 by planting 15 trees on their campus. Immediately following, Casey Trees will host an Open House at its new headquarters in Brookland featuring family friendly activities, demonstrations and tours highlighting the new building’s green features.

Additionally, The Farm at Walker Jones Education Campus is one of three sites that will plant edible fruit-producing trees as part of Casey Trees’ pilot fruit tree program. The small orchard will help deepen student understanding of urban agriculture, provide hands-on learning opportunities and develop knowledge of health and nutrition.

This spring also marks the start of Casey Trees’ partnership with the National Cherry Blossom Festival. With funding from ING and The Home Depot, the Festival is underwriting the planting of 35 cherry trees spread across eight CTP sites, one site in each Ward. All additional trees at these sites will be paid for by Casey Trees.

On April 21, Casey Trees will coordinate the second and final Rails-to-Trails Conservancy-sponsored planting along the Metropolitan Branch Trail with funding from The Coca-Cola Foundation.

Casey Trees welcomes volunteer support at its CTP events, with the exception of school plantings, which are not open to the public. Advance registration is required. Individuals can register at

Established in 2005, the CTP program provides trees, tools and technical assistance to individuals and groups interested in adding 10 or more trees to private property in the District free of charge. Groups commit to watering and caring for the trees for two years following their planting. Casey Trees has planted more than 3,300 trees through the CTP program since its inception.

2 SEED Public Charter School
3 Hyde Leadership Public Charter School
3 Friendship Public Charter School
4 Kennedy Street NW – ANC 4D
5 The Catholic University of America
9 Columbia Heights Education Campus*
9 St. Columba’s Nursery School
10 JC Nalle Elementary School*
12 Fort Mahan Park
16 Leckie Elementary School
17 Johnson Middle School
17 Garfield Elementary School
18 Restore Mass Ave
19 Tait Triangle Park*
19 Friends of 16th Street Heights Park – Hamilton Recreation Center*
22 St. Colleta of Greater Washington
23 St. Colleta of Greater Washington
23 The Farm at Walker Jones
24 Two Rivers Public Charter School
24 J.O. Wilson Elementary School*
26 Congressional Cemetery
26 Congressional Cemetery
30 C. Melvin Sharpe Health School
30 Powell Elementary School
31 LAMB Public Charter School
31 Brightwood Education Campus

1 The Catholic University of America*
2 Woodland-Normanstone Neighborhood Association Centennial
4 Golden Triangle BID
6 Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys
7 Calvary Baptist Church*
7 Tudor Place Foundation
9 Columbia Heights Village Tenants Association
9 Latin American Youth Center, Inc.
13 Georgetown Visitation Prep School
16 Turkey Thicket Recreation Center
16 Michigan Park Citizens Association
20 St. Paul’s at Rock Creek Church Parish
21 Metropolitan Branch Trail
22 David M. Stemper Memorial Rain Garden
22 13th & C Street SE Community Park and Garden
23 Crestwood Citizens Association
30 Orr Elementary School
30 Congress Heights Community Park
30 Ballou Senior High School*

7 Alice Deal Middle School

* National Cherry Blossom Festival sponsored site

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