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For Release: Tuesday, December 18, 2012

DEC Now Accepting Submissions for Arbor Day Poster Contest for 5th Graders

Submission Deadline is January 17, 2013

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is now accepting submissions for the annual Arbor Day Poster Contest. Fifth grade students, especially in science and art, are encouraged to design an original poster depicting the 2013 contest theme, Trees Are Terrific in All Shapes and Sizes.

DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said, "Arbor Day is a national observance that celebrates the essential role trees play in our environment. By participating in the annual Arbor Day poster contest, students learn about trees and how they promote a healthy, balanced ecosystem."

School contest winners will be eligible to compete at the regional level. Regional winners will then compete for the state title. The final winner's artwork will be replicated as the official 2013 New York State Arbor Day bookmark distributed statewide. The winner will also receive an invitation to the NYS Arbor Day event in Albany in April, and a tree will be planted in the winner's name at his/her school.

For more information about the Arbor Day Poster Contest for fifth grade students, including contest rules, submission application and a list of DEC regional offices, visit DEC's website. Entries are being accepted at DEC regional offices until January 17, 2013.

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