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For Release: Thursday, February 1, 2018

DEC Announces Arbor Day Poster Contest Winner for Western New York

5th Grade Contest Winner Jaden Campbell's Grand Island School to Receive Tree Planting

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 9 Director Abby Snyder today announced the winner of Western New York's 9th Annual Arbor Day Poster Contest for fifth graders - Jaden Campbell from Saint Stephen School in Grand Island, NY.

The theme for 2018's contest was "Trees for Bees." Fifth grade students from across the state were asked to create an original poster depicting this theme for the statewide contest.

"Jaden's exceptional artwork captured the importance of bees and other pollinators in our lives and the role that trees have in creating healthy ecosystems to support those pollinators," said Patrick Marren, DEC Region 9 Supervising Forester.

Jaden's winning submission will be sent to Albany to be judged with other student winners selected from each of DEC's nine regions. Winning artwork from the statewide contest will be used as the official 2018 New York State Arbor Day Poster and distributed at schools, libraries, government offices, nursery and landscaping businesses, and environmental organizations statewide.

The poster selected to represent Region 9 in the statewide contest is chosen each year by Western New York ReLeaf, a group of volunteers from the region's community of forest professionals, not-for-profit groups, and government organizations interested in the benefits of urban forests. Western New York ReLeaf will donate a tree to Jaden Campbell's winning school in Grand Island for hosting this contest for fifth graders.

DEC Region 9 encourages schools and clubs to participate in the 2019 Arbor Day poster contest, which will start in the fall, by contacting Pat Marren, Region 9 Forester at (716) 851-7000 or Contest themes are announced in September and will be available on DEC's website. Western New York teachers, schools and clubs that wish to participate in the 2019 Arbor Day contest should visit DEC's website for more information or email Mary Martin at to be added to an email list for updates.

For more information about the contest rules, please visit DEC's website. To receive past Arbor Day posters, contact your local DEC forestry office at (716) 851-7000 or (518) 402-9428.

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