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The masters (for trees).

A search for the country's best and brightest tree planters was launched April 13 at Cardozo High School in northwest Washington, DC. On hand to announce the new awards program--MasterCard Jean Giono Award in Partnership with Global ReLeaf--and kick-off the search for Master Planters were cooperating partners MasterCard and AMERICAN FORESTS, together with spokesperson Mike Farrell (B.J. Hunnicutt on the M*A*S*H TV series), local tree group Trees for the City, and Cardozo students and teachers.

Twenty trees from AMERICAN FORESTS' Famous & Historic Trees program were planted on the school grounds. With students doing the lion's share of the planting, there may even have been a few future "Master Planters" in the group!

Four regional award winners will be selected from 51 states and Washington, DC. They will be presented with $1,000 plus an expenses-paid trip for two to the Sixth National Urban Forest Conference in Minneapolis September 14-18. One will be chosen the national winner and will receive $2,500. In addition, a $2,500 donation will be made to the winner's environmental charity of choice.

Nominees must meet the following criteria: educate others about the environment and trees; improve the environment through tree planting and care; and inspire individuals to be active tree planters.
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Title Annotation:American Forests Today; US tree planters
Author:Wright, Lori
Publication:American Forests
Date:Jul 1, 1993
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