Entry deadline extended to April 21 for Arbor Day poster contest

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Entry deadline extended to April 21 for Arbor Day poster contest

Open to All W.Va. Fourth- and Fifth-graders

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The deadline to enter the West Virginia Division of Forestry 2017 Arbor Day poster contest has been extended to April 21. The contest is open to all West Virginia fourth- and fifth-grade public-, private- and home-schooled students.

Contest rules and forms are available for download on the West Virginia Division of Forestry website, http://www.wvforestry.com/arbor.cfm.

This year’s theme is “Trees Are . . . Different!”

“West Virginia is home to an amazing variety of trees,” said Division of Forestry Partnership Coordinator Andy Sheetz, “including conifers, deciduous, softwoods and hardwoods. In native hardwoods alone, the state has more than 100 native species.”

The annual West Virginia Arbor Day poster contest is organized by the West Virginia Division of Forestry and the Urban and Community Forestry Council. 

Each entry must meet all contest rules and be accompanied by the school winner report form. Each entry must be mailed with the required forms to Andy Sheetz, West Virginia Division of Forestry, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston, WV 25305.

One winner from each grade will receive a $30 cash prize from the West Virginia Forestry Association. In addition, an awards ceremony will be held at the school of each winner and a tree will be planted in his or her honor.

First celebrated in 1872, Arbor Day is a national holiday held the last Friday of April to honor the importance of trees in our lives and to encourage people to plant and care for trees. In 2017, Arbor Day falls on April 28.

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FOR RELEASE: March 27, 2017
MEDIA CONTACT:    Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, mail to: catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov