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Indy Youth Recognized for Their Efforts to Save Thousands of City Trees from Drought

INDIANAPOLIS – (November 28, 2012) On Monday, December 3 the City-County Council will honor the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) Youth Tree Team for their diligent work during the severe drought with a resolution co-sponsored by Councilor Ben Hunter and Councilor Zach Adamson. The Youth Tree Team is a select group of Indianapolis high school aged youth that work to preserve and maintain trees planted throughout Marion County. During the drought conditions this year the program maintained and watered over 10,000 trees helping them survive the drought.

“The efforts exhibited by this group during a time of need show great youth stewardship,” said Councilor Adamson. “The Youth Tree Team is using horticulture to promote the development of these students character in all aspects of life and that is an invaluable opportunity for Indianapolis’ youth.”

The Youth Tree Team program consists of a select group of high-school youth who maintain newly-planted KIB trees over the summer while learning valuable life, job and leadership skills. Youth water, mulch, stake, and prune trees 20 hours per week for 9 weeks in the summer. Not just another summer job, these students not only learn the fundamentals of tree maintenance they also develop career and life skills that can be used beyond their time in the program.

“The severe drought that surfaced in summer 2012, when we went without a drop of rain from nearly May through July, underscored our need to maintain our city’s trees and illustrated the crucial nature of our Youth Tree Team program. Youth went from working four days a week to five; helping to mulch and water more than 10,000 trees and help to save our city’s tree canopy,” said David Forsell, president of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.

The Youth Tree Team program is open to students from all Indianapolis schools. For more information on the Youth Tree Team please visit

About Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB)
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization uniting people to build community and transform public spaces through aesthetic and environmental improvement. In 2011, KIB worked with more than 46,000 volunteers on over 600 community projects throughout the city. To learn more, visit, or follow us on Twitter @kibiorg and like us on Facebook @kibiorg.