(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- On Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at Haulover Park, 10800 Collins Ave., Miami, the Miami-Dade County Community Image Advisory Board (part of the Miami-Dade County Parks Recreation and Open Spaces Department) and BioPlanet USA, a local non-profit global reforestation organization are honored to receive 32 native trees to be planted by the world-class designer Stella McCartney. Ms. McCartney, daughter of former-Beatle and musician Paul McCartney, is the owner/designer of an international sustainable fashion wear line sold in her stores around the world. The company has a strong social responsibility philosophy that focuses on local sustainability initiatives and strongly supports efforts to end animal cruelty. See http://www.stellamccartney.com/experience/us/stellas-world/sustainability/ for more details. Ms. McCartney, a passionate animal lover herself, has generously donated 10% of sales from each purse sold at their Bal Harbor store to BioPlanet USA, an international reforestation organization who's largest US project is the Million Trees Miami campaign. The staff from the local Miami store as well as volunteer honor students from Sunny Isles Beach High school will be planting the trees Tuesday morning.
The Million Trees Miami campaign is a project managed by the Miami-Dade Community Image Advisory Board under the leadership of Miami-Dade Commissioner Dennis C. Moss (District 9). Haulover Dog Park is in District 4, under the purview of Commissioner Sally Heyman. As an avid animal-lover herself, she was instrumental in the development of the dog park to fill the significant need that the local community had for a safe place for dogs to play and dog-owners to interact.
Volunteers will be planting 10-foot green button wood trees, gumbo limbos, which are species native to the area well adapted to thrive in coastal areas. Volunteers should bring gloves, sunscreen, a hat, closed shoes, and a water bottle. Water fountains and restrooms are available at the park.
Million Trees Miami was born of the idea that trees are good, and we need more of them. In 2006, Miami-Dade County adopted the Street Tree Master Plan which set the ambitious goal of achieving 30% tree canopy by 2020, the national average for a metropolitan area to receive the benefits that a healthy urban tree canopy provides. In order to reach this goal, we need everyone to participate in the reforestation. Million Trees Miami planting events are free and open to anyone interested in planting trees. For more information, visit the http://milliontrees.miamidade.gov
About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation & 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 County Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 12,848 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 County Parks call 3-1-1, or visit www.miamidade.gov/parks/.
Miami-Dade County Parks is supported by The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supporting the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department's efforts 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. For more information on the Parks Foundation, please visit www.parksfoundationofmiami-dade.com.
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