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TREEMENDOUS SEATTLE, THE NATIONAL TREE TRUST HOLD 'POTTING PARTY' TO REPLANT SEATTLE'S URBAN FORESTS

 SEATTLE, March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 150 volunteers from neighborhoods and community groups throughout the city of Seattle came together today to kick-off one of the largest reforestation efforts in Seattle's history, according to TREEmendous Seattle. The first 5,000 of 30,000 trees to be planted in Seattle were potted as part of an effort to replant Seattle's urban forests.
 Simpson Timber Co. and The Weyerhaeuser Co. (NYSE: WY) provided the trees to TREEmendous Seattle through the National Tree Trust's Tree Bank program. The species that were potted at the city's Pritchard Beach Nursery site in South Seattle include Japanese maple and Jeffrey pine. The seedlings will be nurtured until they're ready to be planted throughout the city.
 "Today's effort represents a giant step towards our goal of planting 500,000 new trees in the city of Seattle over the next 10 years -- almost one tree per resident," said Blair Henry, chairman of TREEmendous Seattle, a non-profit organization committed to maintaining, enhancing and preserving Seattle's urban forests.
 "It is truly wonderful to see such a diverse mix of ages, cultures and community groups uniting to do something good for their city," said Trammell Crow, chairman of the National Tree Trust. "The partnerships forged today will last for many years and will make a visible difference in Seattle's future."
 Millstone Coffee and Asplundh Tree Expert Co. generously donated food and drink for the volunteers, representing more than two dozen community groups, local organizations and businesses.
 The National Tree Trust is a non-profit organization working with volunteers around the country towards a goal of planting and nurturing 15 million trees over the next five years in communities and along roadsides throughout America. A partnership between volunteer organizations, government agencies, forest product companies and other leading corporations, the Tree Trust provides seedlings, soil and pots to local groups who grow them into saplings for planting in their community.
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 /CONTACT: Trina Gauld of TREEmendous Seattle, 206-389-7270; or Barry Murphy of Hill and Knowlton, 206-682-6944, for TREEmendous Seattle/


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