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ASU Polytechnic recipient of Trees Across America project

April 20, 2010

A Chinese proverb says, “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.  The second best time is now.”  To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the Air Force Real Property Agency is coordinating the planting of 40 trees at former and current Air Force bases across the country on April 22, or soon thereafter.

As part of this national celebration, a tree will be planted at Arizona State University Polytechnic, formerly the Williams Air Force Base, at 9 a.m., April 22, in the courtyard between the Academic Center and Administration buildings by Matt McCoy, student body president at the Polytechnic campus.

“The new trees symbolize the Air Force Real Property Agency’s commitment to environmental restoration,” according to Agency Director Robert Moore.  “Trees provide shade, beauty, oxygen and habitat.”

Starting at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii, stretching across the country to the former Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine, and to numerous communities scattered throughout the U.S., the 40 trees will find homes in diverse ecosystems.

Tree species selected are as diverse as the places they’ll be planted, and for the ASU Polytechnic campus, a Blue Palo Verde – an Arizona state tree – was chosen to celebrate at the former Williams Air Force Base.

Treeland Nurseries and Arizona State University Polytechnic donated a tree for the occasion.

Separately, ASU’s Polytechnic campus is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 20. For more details, visit

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Chris Lambrakis