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For Release: Friday, April 20, 2018

DEC Celebrates Student Regional Arbor Day Poster Contest Winner with Tree Planting

As part of a weeklong Earth Week tribute to New York's accomplishments and commitment to protecting our environment, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) joined partners today for a tree planting event at St. Stephen School in Grand Island, NY. At the event, DEC recognized the student regional poster contest winner.

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Region 9 Director and Forester, St. Stephen School Teachers,
WNY ReLeaf, Jaden Campbell and her parents pose beside
the American basswood (Tilia americana) tree they helped plant.

Jaden Campbell, a fifth grader from St. Stephen School, was recognized for her artwork and knowledge of 2018's theme, "Trees for Bees." A framed copy of the poster was presented to her at the event. Students from across Western New York participated in this year's poster contest.

"DEC encourages our youth and our community leaders to learn about the importance of trees and how they affect the health and well-being of our environment, and the quality of life in our communities," said Abby Snyder, DEC Regional Director.

Schichtel's Nursery, as part of Western New York ReLeaf, donated an American basswood (Tilia americana), also called a Linden tree, which was planted at Campbell's winning school for hosting this contest for fifth graders. The basswood tree was chosen to enhance a pollinator garden that St. Stephen School is developing.

"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.

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.

earth day poster contest winner

Jaden Campbell shows off the American basswood
(Tilia americana) tree she helped plant, donated by
WNY ReLeaf & Schichtel's Nursery.

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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