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Pepco Providing 3,000 Free Trees to Maryland and DC Customers

 

From Bob Hainey: In its second year as an Arbor Day Foundation partner, Pepco is providing 3,000 free trees to customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia through the Energy-Saving Trees program. One thousand trees will be available for each Pepco jurisdiction in the District of Columbia, and Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland. Launched as a pilot initiative in 2011, the Energy-Saving Trees program conserves energy and reduces household electricity bills through strategic tree planting.

Pepco customers can reserve their free trees today at arborday.org/pepcotrees.

Family & Youth Casting Call: Getting Kids Outside, Active, and Hooked on Fishing!

Family & Youth Casting Call: Getting Kids Outside, Active, and Hooked on Fishing!

 

The following information was sent to us by Mike Bailey:

The Family & Youth Casting Call (FYCC) is a fun family and youth fishing event at Fletcher's Cove on the C&O Canal in Washington DC. The 2012 event is scheduled for Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21.

What better way to get kids “hooked” on nature than by teaching them how to fish?  This April, local and national fishing and conservation organizations will once again host the Family & Youth Casting Call to help “set the hook” for children to learn about nature and fishing in the Washington, DC area. A wiggling fish on the end of a taut line can be one of the most tangible connections between having fun outside and learning about conserving our natural resources.

US State Dept. Sponsors International Game Of Tag With Cash Prize

US State Dept. Sponsors International Game Of Tag With Cash Prize

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 2012 Tag Challenge calls on technology enthusiasts from several nations to set their sleuthing skills loose on a mock gang of jewel thieves in an international search contest to take place Saturday, March 31.

The social gaming contest will have participants use technological and social resources to locate and photograph five “suspects” in five different cities—Washington, D.C., New York City, London, Stockholm, and Bratislava—based only on a picture and a short description of each one.

The first person to upload pictures of all five suspects to the Tag Challenge website will earn international bragging rights—and a cash prize of $5,000.

The U.S. Botanic Garden Presents Orchid Mystique

The U.S. Botanic Garden Presents Orchid Mystique

The following information was sent to us by Laura Condeluci:

 

The U.S. Botanic Garden presents Orchid Mystique: Nature’s Triumph from February 18 through April 29. This annual orchid exhibit, in collaboration with Smithsonian Gardens, features orchids from around the globe.

 

ISAF Helicopter Crew Survives Crash

ISAF Helicopter Crew Survives Crash

The following information was Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases.

An International Security Assistance Force helicopter crew survived after their aircraft crashed in eastern Afghanistan today, military officials reported.

The crew members have been safely recovered and moved to a nearby base, officials said. The site has been secured and initial reports indicate there was no enemy activity in the area.

ISAF is assessing the circumstances to determine the cause of the crash.

Casey Trees Plants 439 Trees Across the District

Casey Trees Plants 439 Trees Across the District

From Christopher Horn:

Casey Trees staff and nearly 1,000 adult and youth volunteers planted 439 trees this fall at 30 Community Tree Planting (CTP) events across the District. The season’s tree planting initiatives represent a financial investment in the nation’s capital totaling more than $182,000, including 2,300 hours of volunteer labor.