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For Immediate Release:
January 24, 2013
Media Contact:
Christina M. Casado

Haulover Park to Receive Wizo Forest in Support of Million Trees Miami Campaign

On Sunday, January 27, 2013 the Women's International Zionist Organization (WIZO) South Florida Chapter and its members, in partnership with BioPlanet USA and the Miami-Dade Community Image Advisory Board, chaired by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss (District 9) will plant over 150 native coastal trees and shrubs at Haulover Park and Marina (10800 Collins Avenue, Miami) in support of the County's Million Trees Miami Campaign.   Planting will begin at 9:00 am.  Commissioner Moss will officiate at the ceremony at 11:00 a.m. speaking about the Million Trees Miami initiative and the value of investing in community aesthetics. This is a family-friendly event. Free parking will be available at the lot west of Collins and 108 Street, with safe access to the park planting site through the tunnels under Collins Avenue.  Food trucks and kosher catering will be available for purchase.

"Thanks to these wonderful park partnerships, Miami-Dade County parks, such as Haulover Park, can continue to benefit from projects that will help rejuvenate and beautify its natural habitats," said Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department Director Jack Kardys.  "In this way, residents and visitors will have more peaceful green spaces to enjoy for many years to come."

"Miami-Dade is a significant tourist destination in large part because of its beautiful beaches and lush vegetation," said Moss.  "Programs like the Million Trees Miami campaign support that and expand on the idea that planting trees is a critical part of creating livable places.  A healthy urban tree canopy is linked to the long-term physical and economic health of a community.  Organizations like WIZO understand that the small act of planting a tree increases in value over the life of that tree - in the shade that it will provide in our parks, the air that it will clean, and the long-term aesthetics of the urban forest.  I want to thank WIZO for their foresight and commitment to our community." 

For additional information contact Christina Casado at (786) 295-2785.

The project, called the "WIZO Tree of Life Forest" is part of the Million Trees Miami initiative. For the second consecutive year, WIZO members have raised funds as part of their annual drive allocating 50% of the tree donations to benefit the WIZO Nir Haemek School Greenhouse in Israel and the other 50% to support the planting and upkeep of the Wizo Forest in Miami. 

WIZO is a worldwide volunteer organization supporting and operating over 800 social welfare projects aiming to improve the lives of women, children and the elderly living in Israel. Having set roots in Miami with a proud history of philanthropy and community service, prominent leaders of the Jewish community, the General Consul of Israel in Miami, and distinguished guests are expected to attend the event. Trees are highly respected and occupy a special place in Jewish thought, which closely relates to man's relationship with the natural environment, our life-support system. 

WIZO has committed to this tree planting as part of their celebration of Tu B'shevat (a Jewish holiday celebrating the New Year of the Trees) and hope to continue their support of Million Trees Miami on an annual basis as a way to give back to the community, and what better way than leaving behind the lasting legacy of the WIZO Forest.


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