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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19, 2011

D.C. Green Corps Graduates 100th Candidate

(WASHINGTON, DC) - District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray, Joe Meade, director of the national partnership office of the US Forest Service, and Terry Bellamy, director of the District Department of Transportation, saluted the 37 graduates of Washington Parks & People’s Green Corps Program Friday evening, at the Josephine Butler Parks Center in Columbia Heights.

A dinner reception held in the trainees’ honor feted the culmination of 12-weeks of intensive training, education, and impact in urban forestry, community greening and parks reclamation in a number of the District’s abandoned and underused parks and public green spaces.

The four teams of 37 trainees planted more than 1000 trees and native plants; removed thousands of invasive weeds; opened the Marvin Gaye Community Greening Center and installed a new bioswale in Ward 7; re-opened the Fort Stanton Trail and created the Mother’s Peace Garden in Oxon Run Park in Ward 8; advanced the North Columbia Heights Green and Walter Pierce Park in Ward 1; and helped complete a major stormwater project in Rock Creek Park in Ward 4.  They also partnered with a variety of volunteers from local communities and businesses as well as leaders from 50 countries.

The Green Corps program, funded largely through a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and administered by the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry Programs, Northeastern Area, is conducted in partnership with the Urban Forestry Administration of the District of Columbia Department of Transportation.

Agencies and organizations that have assisted the training include the  Community College of DC; the Watershed Protection Division of the DC Department of the Environment; the DC Departments of Parks & Recreation; DC Water; DC Public Schools; the National Park Service; the Community Woodlands Alliance; Seneca Creek Wood Joinery; Meridian Hill Pictures; Life Pieces to Masterpieces; Groundwork Anacostia, Anacostia Watershed Society, the Small Business Development Center, Denison Landscaping, Wilderness Inquiry, Capital Area Asset Builders, the Washington Literacy Council, and many others.

The next Green Corps cohort is currently in formation.  More than 150 people applied for the fourth class that begins in January 2012.
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