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National Wildlife Week

By Greenpoint staff
Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tree planting and restoring natural habitats are the themes for this year’s National Wildlife Week, being celebrated March 18-24.

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of National Wildlife Week, the National Wildlife Foundation is helping schools and youth groups plant 75,000 native trees at schools, parks and other public places across the country.

For information on NWF’s tree bank, or on how to purchase and plant trees for your school or community, click here. The website includes lesson plans, downloadable posters, trading cards and activities for schools and families.

WWF offers these facts about the value of trees:

* Trees clean the air by absorbing odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone). In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles

* Trees save water — Shade from trees slows water evaporation. Most newly planted trees need only fifteen gallons of water a week.

* Trees shield children from ultra-violet rays — Trees reduce UV-B exposure by about 50 percent, benefitting schoolyards and playgrounds. Trees also provide shade for wildlife to escape the sun’s hot rays while protecting them from wild and other harsh weather conditions.

* Trees provide a canopy and habitat for wildlife – sycamore and oak trees are among the many urban species that provide excellent homes for birds, bees, possums and squirrels.

A poster developed for National Wildlife Week shows the parts of a tree, from roots to leaves, and the wildlife that frequent those parts. The poster can be downloaded as a PDF for free from the Wildlife Week web site.

National Wildlife Week is an education program designed to teach kids about the wonders of nature and inspire their interest in spending more time outside. For more information, visit www.nwf.org.

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