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NEWS RELEASE

 Ohio Department of Transportation  Internet News Release
April 3, 2003

ODOT Leaving a Legacy for Ohio's Children

COLUMBUS The Ohio Department of Transportation is working to leave a legacy for Ohio's children. ODOT's Legacy Tree planting program is a project that plants trees and seedlings along Ohio's highways in honor of Ohio's Bicentennial and Ohio's children. ODOT has teamed up with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Bicentennial Commission to plant these trees and seedlings. This program is a group effort of several public and private organizations to recognize children as the future of Ohio.

"ODOT is proud to be a partner in such an exceptional project," said ODOT Director Gordon Proctor. "The trees not only beautify these routes, they improve soil retention, reduce highway noise and improve air quality, which helps the department provide a quality transportation system.

Trees have been planted in various locations statewide, along exit ramps of state and interstate highways. Since November 1, 1999, nearly 459,000 trees and seedlings have been planted, with an additional 361,000 scheduled to be planted by June 30, 2003.

"The Bicentennial Legacy Trees will flourish for hundreds of years as a symbol of Ohio's commitment to our future and our environment," said Proctor. "What a great project to celebrate Ohio's 200th birthday."

ODOT in coordination with CD101's Green Team, a Columbus radio station, is sponsoring a tree planting day on Saturday, April 5, 2003. Participants will meet at Sun Parking, 1399 Stelzer Rd, Columbus at 9:30. Trees will be planted at Interstate 670 and Sinclair Road in Columbus.