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Posted: September 30, 2009 12:01 a.m.

Covington to celebrate Home Depot NeighborWoods Month

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful today announced that 100 volunteers will come together to re-establish boulevard trees and plant new yard trees in the Fairview Estates area. This project is one of hundreds of re-greening efforts throughout the country being promoted during October, which has been declared National NeighborWoods Month by the national nonprofit, the Alliance for Community Trees. Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful is a member of ACT’s NeighborWoods Network.

"It’s great to be working on an important re-greening effort at a time when other organizations are doing so as well," said Lisa Oglesby of Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful. "Part of our goal is to draw attention to the good work being done at the grassroots level all across the country to improve urban and community forests."

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful’s celebration will take place as follows:

Oct. 1 — Fairview TREES Revitalization, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fairview Estates Subdivision.

Oct. 2 — Fairview TREES Revitalization, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fairview Estates Subdivision.

"Having local organizations like Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful participate in National NeighborWoods Month helps us show the cumulative effect of a burgeoning urban and community forestry movement," said ACT Executive Director Alice Ewen Walker. Founded in 1993, the Alliance for Community Trees is a national coalition of 150 nonprofit organizations engaged in urban and community forestry. Its members are dedicated to grassroots community greening, public education, policymaking, job training, environmental design and other activities that support better urban forest stewardship.

NeighborWoods Month is sponsored through a generous grant from The Home Depot Foundation.

"Trees are an important component of responsible design to ensure that homes are affordable, energy efficient, safe and healthy," said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. "By partnering with ACT and local NeighborWoods organizations like Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful, The Foundation is able to further its goals of investing in the overall health and success of our communities."

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