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For Immediate Release:
May 01, 2012

Media Contact:
Christina Casado
casado@miamidade.gov
786-295-2785



The 6th Annual Tree Summit Comes to Fiu's Modesto Maidique Campus on Thursday, May 10, From 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Miami-Dade County District 9 Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, who chairs the Miami-Dade Community Image Advisory Board (MDCIAB), will join the MDCIAB and Florida International University (FIU) in hosting the 6th Annual Tree Summit on Thursday, May 10, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at FIU's Modesto Maidique Campus (Graham Center Ballroom), 11299 SW 8 St., Miami.  Admission to the Tree Summit is FREE and open to anyone interested in working together to build healthy, sustainable urban forests, parks and greenbelts for Miami-Dade County and South Florida.

This event brings together local elected officials, government agencies, industry professionals, and non-profit organizations who share the goal of the Million TREES Miami Campaign, a community effort to plant 1 million trees throughout Miami-Dade County by the year 2020, increasing its tree canopy by 30%. 

The 2012 Tree Summit is titled-"The New Green"-and will feature discussions by urban greening research experts on the importance of trees in creating healthier, livable communities, and how they enhance economic growth and stability. The keynote speaker, Dr. Kathleen Wolf, the nation's foremost research social scientist from the University of Washington's College of the Environment, will discuss how urban forestry initiatives have enhanced human behavior, perceptions and preferences; and will present examples of public spaces that are currently benefiting from integrated tree canopies.

Advance reservations are suggested for this event, as space is limited.  RSVP by e-mail to Christina Casado, Community Image Manager. For more information about the 6th Annual Tree Summit, visit Million Trees Miami.

The Million TREES Miami Campaign, developed by the MDCIAB is currently being implemented as part of the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department's Master Plan, a 50-year, unifying vision focused on creating a livable, sustainable Miami-Dade County Community.  Miami-Dade Parks, which manages more than 260 parks and 12,825 acres of land, includes the MDCIAB and the Public Works division of Right-of-Way Aesthetic and Assets Management (RAAM), maintaining rights-of-way, including mowing and landscaping cycles, installation of landscaping, and urban forestry.  The  Department's Master Plan calls for the creation of a seamless parks system and the beautification and greening the County by establishing scenic vistas, tree lined streets, lush landscaping in high-traffic areas and popular destinations, and livable neighborhoods that reflect a world class image of Miami-Dade County as a sub-tropical paradise.

About the Million TREES Miami Campaign:
The Million TREES Miami Campaign is a Community-wide effort to plant 1 million trees by 2020 in order to achieve a 30% tree canopy cover for Miami-Dade County. The campaign was developed by the Miami-Dade Community Image Advisory Board and was born of the idea that a healthy and sustainable urban forest provides significant social, economic, and environmental benefits that fosters a high quality, livable, vibrant, and beautiful community.  To support the campaign, contact The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that supports the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department's effort to further develop Miami-Dade County's world-class parks system for residents and visitors.  Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities.

About the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department:
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award and winner of the 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and more than 12,825 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.  For information about Miami-Dade Parks call 3-1-1, or visit Miami-Dade Parks.

To request material in accessible format, information on access for persons with disabilities, or sign language interpreter services (7 days in advance), call 305-755-7848.


 

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