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Free shade trees to be given out

April 25, 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.

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

John Rosenow, the foundation's president, said planting a tree is a perfect family tradition for parents, grandparents and children to enjoy together, because the trees will last for generations.

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"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 to 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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