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For Immediate Release:
July 25, 2014
Media Contact:
Luis Espinoza

305-992-8122

Miami-Dade County will give free trees to hundreds of residents through its popular Adopt-a-Tree Program


(MIAMI, July 25, 2014) - Miami-Dade County home owners have an opportunity to get two free trees courtesy of the Adopt-a-Tree program. The second FREE tree event of the 2014 season will take place at the Homestead Harris Field, located at 1034 NE 8th Street (Turnpike Exit #2), this Saturday, July 26, from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Residents eligible to adopt FREE trees will be able to choose from a variety of species such as Mango, Black Mulberry (Mora), Jackfruit (Jaca), Starfruit (Carambola), Orange Geiger (Cutiperi), and Inkwood (Cuiliote).  Approximately 2,500 FREE trees will be available for adoption at this event, and experts will also be onsite to show participants how to properly plant and care for them.  Trees will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. 

The Miami-Dade Water & Sewer Department and the Miami-Dade County Office of Sustainability will also be providing energy-efficient CFL bulbs and high efficiency showerheads to residents who bring old showerheads and/or their most heavily used regular light bulbs (while supplies last) to the event. The Electronic Recycling Center (ERC) will also be at the event collecting old electronics, faxes, computers, keyboards printers, telephones, calculators, TV’s, VCR’s and other obsolete electronics for appropriate recycling.  Some old electronics can create environmental hazards if they are disposed of improperly.

The Adopt-a-Tree program was created in 2001, to help increase the tree canopy of Miami-Dade County.  Since then more than 179,000 free trees have been given away to the community.  This program is managed by the Miami-Dade County Division of Environmental Resources Management (DERM).  For additional information, visit www.miamidade.gov/environment or call 305-372-6784.  For more information about the light bulbs and showerheads exchange programs, please call 311.

Who:
Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER) Division of Environmental Resources Management (DERM).
What:
Free tree give away for the community through the Adopt-a-Tree program.
When:
July 26, 2014, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Where:
Homestead Harris Field located at 1034 NE 8th Street (Turnpike Exit #2).