Launch of Pinellas County Reclamation Project's Urban Reforestation at Shorecrest Prep
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1/27/2009
When: January 27th, 2009
10:00 AM
Where: Shorecrest Prep School
5101 First Street, NE
St. Petersburg, Florida  33703
United States
Contact: Su Stevens

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The Reclamation Project's urban reforestation component will be launched at Shorecrest Prep School in St. Petersburg, FL on January 27th, 2009 at 10 am. The school grounds will be reclaimed for nature as third and fourth graders plant an adult size Red Cedar (native) tree and large green project flag. NFL representatives (Jack Groh) and Native Plant Society officers will then join artist Xavier Cortada in distributing 60 project stick flags and native tree saplings to fourth graders, who will plant them in their front yards reclaiming them for nature. Students will encourage their neighbors to do the same. In the coming weeks another 240 native saplings and flags will be distirbuted to Shorecrest Prep students. The trees distributed to students will be part of the NFL sanctioned planting to address climate change in the Super Bowl host community will be monitored by the NFL Environmental Program. Residents are encouraged to visit the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo, FL see the adult specimens of the featured six native trees: Slash Pine Seagrape Southern Red Cedar Red Maple Bald Cypress, and Green Buttonwood Although it is based at the Florida Botanical Gardens, the project is being implemented through locally through the Pinellas County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, our community outreach partner tasked with keeping the project alive in the years to come. A total of 750 native tree saplings and green stick flags through the project to residents of Pinellas County during 2008-2009. According to Cortada, "Through this eco-art effort, we are encouraging residents to regrow the community's native tree canopy one yard at a time."