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STARS TO SHINE AT 1993 EARTH DAY EXPO HOSTED BY U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE AND ATLANTA BRAVES

 ATLANTA, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Mariel Hemingway, star of the television series "Civil Wars," will be in Atlanta on April 14 to serve as celebrity spokesperson for the third annual Earth Day Expo at the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
 The event is hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the two-time National League Champion Atlanta Braves. R.E. Turner, chairman of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and owner of the Braves, also plans to attend the event.
 While the Braves and the popular Chicago Cubs thrill fans with on- the-field action, 18 private and government organizations will wow them with wonders of the natural world at exhibits on the club level of the stadium. The game will be broadcast over SportSouth.
 Hemingway, veteran of a dozen movies in her 17-year career and an Academy Award-nominee for her role in Woody Allen's "Manhattan," will share the spotlight with a variety of "critters" and environmental characters. Among those to be on hand for the expo are a rare, captive- raised Florida panther, cartoon eco-hero Captain Planet, and Alvie, a juvenile loggerhead sea turtle rescued from along the Georgia coast.
 The theme for the event is "Save Our Coasts." Visitors to the expo will have the opportunity to enjoy "touch" pools of marine life, including sponges, crabs, and starfish; and Zoo Atlanta's Zoomobile, featuring creatures that live in coastal wetlands. Children will be entertained with face painting, an animal tracks sandbox, and visits with the National Park Service's "Earthina" and The Georgia Conservancy's "Ribit" the Remarkable Frog.
 And speaking of frogs -- none other than Kermit himself will greet fans with a conservation message from the stadium's Diamondvision screen during the game, courtesy of Jim Henson Productions.
 "The purpose of the expo is to offer fans the opportunity to enjoy our national pastime, while at the same time learning about an issue of national concern -- conservation of natural resources," said Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Regional Director James W. Pulliam Jr. "The expo is painless environmental education, a chance to get exposure, in a fun-filled atmosphere, to issues as diverse as protection of endangered manatees and the importance of wetlands. The Atlanta Braves and SportSouth deserve tremendous credit for their support of this effort to help citizens become better stewards of our nation's resources," he said.
 The president of Earth Day USA, Bruce Anderson, plans to participate in the expo, as will Robert Glenn Ketchum, internationally recognized photographer and artist-in-residence at Robert Redford's Sundance Institute.
 In honor of the 1993 Earth Day Expo, Gov. Zell Miller has proclaimed April 14 as "Georgia's Coastal Resources Day." In the proclamation, the governor commended participants in the expo for their plans to educate citizens about Georgia's nearly 100 miles of coastline, which contribute greatly to the economic prosperity and recreational enjoyment of the state.
 The expo will open at 3:10 p.m. and will be located from aisles 209 to 215 and 227 to 231 on the club level of the stadium. Game start time is 5:10 p.m.
 Participating exhibitors are U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Atlanta Botanical Garden; The Nature Conservancy; U.S. Forest Service; Environmental Protection Agency; Save the Manatee Club; Fernbank Museum of Natural History; University of Georgia Marine Extension Service; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary; The Georgia Conservancy; Georgia Wildlife Federation; Zoo Atlanta; Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.; Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Coastal Resources Division; the Atlanta Environmental Priorities Project; and the U.S. Department of Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and U.S. Geological Survey.
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 /CONTACT: Vicki M. Boatwright of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 404-331-3594/


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