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Free shade trees available from Arbor Day Foundation

April 24, 2007

Ten free shade trees will be given to each person who joins the National Arbor Day Foundation during April as part of the nonprofit foundation's Trees for America campaign.

The 10 shade trees are red oak, sugar maple, weeping willow, green ash, thornless honeylocust, pink oak, river birch, tuliptree, silver maple and red maple.

"These trees were selected to provide shade and beauty, and a variety of forms, leaf shapes and beautiful fall colors," said John Rosenow, the foundation's president.

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting in April or May, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.

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"Planting a tree is a unique experience," Rosenow said, "because you can watch it grow over the years. It truly makes you feel a part of the planet and the future and connects us directly to nature."

He added that planting a tree is a perfect family tradition for parents, grandparents, and children to enjoy together, because the trees will last for generation. "Years from now, our great-grandchildren will be able to say that 'This is the tree my ancestors planted,'" Rosenow said.

To become a member of the foundation and receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution Ten Free Shade Trees, National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City NE 68410 by April 30, or go online to www.arborday.org.

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