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Celebrate Arbor Month and brighten Minnesota by planting trees

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"Plant Trees for a Brighter Minnesota," is the theme of Arbor Month in May, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said. Arbor Day, April 26, marks the beginning of a month-long celebration of trees.

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The idea is to encourage Minnesotans to replace trees lost during the past year's tornadoes, floods, blowdowns and snowstorms.

"These newly planted trees will brighten Minnesota by creating mature forests that will improve the environment, enhance our quality of life and foster recreation," said Jennifer Teegarden, DNR forestry outreach specialist.

To celebrate Arbor Month, the DNR sent 3,600 packets to educators, cities, nurseries and others consisting of "Plant Trees for a Brighter Minnesota" poster, instructions on how to plant seedlings and balled and burlapped trees.

The DNR has partnered with the city of Duluth to celebrate Arbor Month as an effort to encourage the greater Duluth area to recover from last year's floods. A celebration is scheduled May 15 in Chester Park between 11:30-2 p.m., with a planned 1 p.m. ceremony. The park lost many trees in the floods.

Activities include seedling and tree planting and archery. State Forestry Division Director Forrest Boe and Duluth Mayor Don Ness are scheduled to speak. It's free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

Visit the DNR's Arbor Month Web page at www.mndnr.gov/arbormonth for more information about planting trees in Minnesota and to find a local celebration.

For an Arbor Month packet, contact the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us, 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367.

Urban and community forestry federal funds paid for the packets and the mailing.

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