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Cities Help Promote "Great Tree Hunt of 2008"
The Cities of Farmington Hills and Farmingtonhave joined with the Farmington Public Schools to support the "Great Tree Hunt of 2008." This community-wide project is an environmental initiative designed to locate the biggest and best trees in our area.
All students in kindergarten through 8th grade will learn about the program at the start of the fall semester. Organizers hope that it will turn into a family activity with parents helping their children hunt for the best tree specimens while enjoying the outdoors together.
Children will be asked to seek out and provide specific information about great trees, including location, how big around measured at 4 ½ feet above the ground, and a leaf sample. Completed application forms will be turned in to classroom teachers and then sent on to tree experts for study and comparison.
The program is partnered with the Champion Tree Project International, which was founded in 1996 to preserve the biggest, strongest, and eldest trees in the nation. Seeds and buds are harvested from these "champion" trees to be propagated into new saplings. The "Great Tree Hunt" is a grass roots effort to protect and preserve champion trees in our area.
The "Great Tree Hunt of 2008" is sponsored by the Beautification Commission, the Farmington/Farmington Hills Chamber of Commerce, the Farmington Public Schools PTA, and the Woodcreek Civic Association. Although the organizers' goal is to raise awareness of the benefits of trees and to promote environmental stewardship, there are prizes involved that just may help generate interest in the program as well.
Program coordinators solicited sponsorships from several local businesses and organizations. The "Great Tree Hunt" Grand Prize is a two-day weekend stay for up to seven people in a KidCabin at the Great Wolf Lodge near Traverse City. The Grand Prize, valued at over $1,000, includes a gas voucher, meals, access to the water park, arcade tokens, and more.
Additional prizes guaranteed to encourage participation include a Wii home video game system and a BMX bike. Other sponsors offering prizes include Ginopolis Restaurant, Sunflower Bakehaus, Kohl's, Oakland County Parks, Trader Joes, Staples, and Whole Foods Market.
Winners will be acknowledged at the annual Beautification Commission Awards Ceremony to be held at the Costick Center in Farmington Hills Michigan on October 30. Plaques will also be placed at both City Halls honoring program participants and competition winners. Organizers hope that the "Great Tree Hunt of 2008" will become a model program that will be adopted in other communities in Michigan, as well as other states.
Details about the "Great Tree Hunt of 2008" will be available on the Farmington Public School's website at www.farmington.k12.mi.us and through an informational video on Cable Channels 8, 12 and 15, and Farmington Public SchoolsChannel 10. For more information, call Program Coordinators Hank Murawski at 248-910-4163 or Peggi Tabor at 248-932-8933.
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