TECO Teams Up with City of Tampa Parks & Recreation for Arbor Day - April 29

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The City of Tampa and Tampa Electric Company will partner to celebrate Arbor Day on April 29, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. on the 600 block of Franklin Street in downtown Tampa. Four large Cathedral Live Oak trees will be planted in the right of way to commemorate the occasion.

National Arbor Day was founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton, and is celebrated around the country on the last Friday in April.

The City of Tampa has proudly been designated a Tree City USA community for 29 consecutive years due to their commitment and progress in meeting urban forestry standards set out by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters. One of those standards include an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. Tampa Electric will celebrate their 3rd year as a Tree Line USA designated utility, which means they have been recognized for demonstrating practices that protect and enhance America's urban forests. The goal of Tree Line USA is to promote safe, reliable electric service and abundant, healthy trees throughout the company's service areas.

Tampa Electric will be offering free Dogwood tree seedlings and Tampa Parks and Recreation Department will be offering free Longleaf Pine tree seedlings during Market Day on the mall following the ceremony.

For further information, contact Kathy Beck, City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department, 813-274-5158.