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For Release: Friday, April 9, 2021

DEC Announces Winner of Annual Arbor Day Artwork Contest

Photograph by Dave Marshall of Webster, NY, Selected for 2021 State Arbor Day Poster

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that Dave Marshall, from the Monroe County town of Webster, is the winner of DEC's annual Arbor Day Artwork Contest.

"Over the past year, all of us have been reminded how important trees and green spaces are to our mental and physical wellbeing," said Commissioner Seggos. "This Arbor Day, DEC encourages all New Yorkers to celebrate the trees in their communities. Whether visiting the backyard, local park, or nearby State Forest, I encourage you to safely get outside to appreciate the countless benefits urban and rural trees provide us. Congratulations to Dave Marshall for taking this year's honor in capturing the beauty and magnificence of New York's trees."

DEC's annual Arbor Day Artwork Contest accepts artwork and photography submissions of trees in New York State. The winning poster design is featured on the State's official Arbor Day poster and is selected by a committee comprised of representatives from DEC, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, International Paper, Empire State Forest Products Association, and the New York State Arborist Association. Marshall's design stood out among 324 submissions for successfully capturing the charismatic and inspirational qualities of trees. Posters are available at regional DEC Forestry offices.

Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance held on the last Friday of April each year. Originally established in 1872 to encourage farmers and homesteaders to plant trees for shade, fuel, and beauty in open areas, today Arbor Day is an opportunity to celebrate the vital role of trees in our lives.

While some traditional Arbor Day ceremonies are postponed to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19, there are many ways communities and families can celebrate Arbor Day while practicing social distancing. Visit DEC's website for ideas about how to celebrate Arbor Day 2021 on April 30 safely and responsibly.

The annual State Arbor Day Poster contest is announced each September and runs through December. Those interested in participating in the 2022 contest should visit DEC's website for more information.

Man stands with a poster of his winning photo for the Arbor Day photo contest

2021 Arbor Day Artwork Contest winner Dave Marshall
with his winning submission, courtesy of DEC

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