Forest Service Launches Online Registry For 9/11 Living Memorials

WASHINGTON, May 8 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Today, the U.S. Department
of Agriculture Forest Service launched an online registry of living
memorials that honor those lost in the September 11 attack on
America.

The registry is part of the Living Memorials Project sponsored
by the Forest Service, which honors the memory of the thousands of
innocent citizens and the heroism of the firefighting units, police
force and emergency personnel who lost their lives in the horrific
events of September 11.

A "living memorial" involves the planting of trees and creation
of green space as a way to remember the heroes and the deceased of
September 11. "Trees, water and nature can be powerful forces for
reflection and healing," said Anthony Gardner, chairman, World
Trade Center United Family Group, one of the supporting
organizations of the project.

The online registry (www.livingmemorialsproject.net) intends to
capture living memorial projects nationwide. Individuals and
groups will be able to submit site information, post images and
share experiences, thoughts and triumphs.

"What better way to honor the lives of those fallen heroes than
with the planting of new life," said Richard Fox, firefighter and
president of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Memorial
Foundation.

Not well known to the public is the fact that more than 500
Forest Service employees provided rescue and recovery efforts at
the World Trade Center and the Pentagon for weeks and months after
September 11. "The men and women of the Forest Service support
memorial tree planting projects and will do everything to make them
successful and to demonstrate our resiliency as a people," Joel
Holtrop, Forest Service, deputy chief for state and private
forestry said.

The Forest Service, through its Urban and Community Forestry
program, works in cooperation with state forestry agencies to
provide technical assistance in the planting and care of community
trees and forests. For more information, visit the Web site at
www.livingmemorialsproject.net.