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April 7, 2017

Earth Week Theme is 'Clean Up and Green Up' -

Oswego County EMC to Celebrate Earth Week April 22 - 29

OSWEGO COUNTY - The Oswego County Environmental Management Council (EMC) will celebrate Earth Week throughout Oswego County from April 22 through April 29.

"Earth Week is a time for county residents to participate in litter and debris cleanups and other environmentally-themed activities in their communities," said EMC Chairman Tim Carroll. "Since the original Earth Day was celebrated in the United States on April 22, 1970, that date has become a worldwide day for individuals, groups, schools and organizations to demonstrate a commitment to environmental stewardship."

The EMC sponsored its first annual proclamation in the County Legislature in 2005 to designate Earth Week in Oswego County.

"Our purpose has always been to encourage local residents to participate in Earth Week events and to proudly accept responsibility for their part in securing a safer, healthier environment for future generations," said Carroll.

The theme of this year's Earth Week is "Clean Up and Green Up."

"To clean up, we are encouraging everyone to get involved with a litter and debris cleanup in your community or neighborhood. Whether it's a town park, roadside, empty lot or river bank, you can help," said Carroll. "To green up, consider using native vegetation in your landscapes. Native plants add beauty and preserve our natural heritage. And because they are well adapted to local conditions, they generally require less long-term maintenance, provide food and habitat for local wildlife, need less water, and are more pest-resistant than most cultivated varieties."

Carroll invites people throughout Oswego County to post their photos of Earth Week projects on the Oswego County Environmental Management Council Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OswegoEMC/ along with the hash tag #OswegoCountyEarthWeek."

For more information on Earth Week, including cleanup suggestions and information on native vegetation and invasive species, visit the EMC website at http://www.oswegocounty.com/earthweek.html

Staghorn sumac, a small tree which is native to New York State, makes an attractive addition to local landscapes and is an important food source for local birds. The Environmental Management Council encourages landowners to plant native vegetation in their landscapes to add beauty and preserve our natural heritage.

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