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During Arbor Week Every Tree Counts at Morton Arboretum and across the city of Chicago and Suburbs

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Little Sprouts Early Learning Center at Pilcher Park Joins Tree-hugging Activities for all Ages to Celebrate the Benefits of Trees

Joliet, IL – April 27, 2012: In conjunction with the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, taggers are doing their thing at Pilcher Park Nature Center and across the suburbs and the city of Chicago to celebrate and showcase the value trees bring to making the world a greener, healthier and more beautiful place.

“Every Tree Counts” is the theme of this year’s region-wide tree tagging efforts, held to celebrate “Arbor Week,” from Earth Day (April 22, 2012) to Arbor Day (April 27). The Morton Arboretum, in conjunction with the City of Chicago, suburban communities, Morton Salt, Inc. BMO Harris Bank Chicago, and the Davey Tree Experts Company are applying “Value Tags” on more than 2,000 trees across the region to illustrate the enormous environmental benefits trees provide. The tree tags also reveal the dollar value of those benefits based on scientific data. In addition, the tags showcase how it pays to plant trees placing a value on carbon reduction, electrical energy savings and property value impact.

“This is our signature holiday with roots that go back to the Morton family and Joy Morton who founded Arbor Day,” said Dr. Gerry Donnelly, President and CEO of The Morton Arboretum and “ our tree hugger-in-chief. “ It is our obligation and our responsibility to be champions of Arbor Day throughout the Chicago region. We’re celebrating a week of special festivities and would like to encourage each and everyone in communities across the Chicago area to join with us to plant and celebrate trees.”

At Pilcher Park Nature Center, Little Sprouts Early Learning Center students and staff are tagging trees in Pilcher Park.

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