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I aTIMES April 16,2009 Earth Day 2009 Tree City USA ceremony April 30 to include school visit, clean up efforts •M BY LEE ANNE HENSLEY Hilltop Times staff F or the 16th year in a row, Hill Air Force Base will be named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation during a ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. April 30 at the north end of Building 5. The Arbor Day Foundation teamed up with the National Association of State Foresters and the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service to create the Tree City USA program to accomplish four goals: to promote healthier communities because trees filter pollutants from the air; to help moderate _ TWEE CITY USA' and provide habitat for wildlife; to reduce "heat island effects" caused by pavement and buildings radiating heat; and to increase property values, as buildings in wooded areas rent more quickly and tenants stay longer, according to Arbor Day Foundation studies. Marcus Blood, 75th Civil Engineering Group Natural Resources manager, reports that Hill AFB has 11,522 trees that have a total value of more than $15 million. One out of every five trees owned by Hill AFB is tagged with a number and every tree is documented on the group's GeoBase Viewer intranet Web site. The 'Web site, available only through government computers and accessed at https://wbemintra. hill.af.mil by clicking on the GeoBase button, offers a satellite view of all trees on Hill AFB with a data filter that provides a plethora of information about every tree here. For example, if someone with access to a Hill AFB-owned computer wanted to know how many peach trees there are on base and where they are located, that person can find that information and much more on the Web site. "As far as we know, we are the only city who provides this feature," Blood said. "No other city has the ability to do what we do and how we do it." "As mission requirements change and new structures and facilities are added on base," Blood added, "many times our urban forest is impacted. Within the Natural Resources program we manage for no net loss of resources, providing for sustainability of those resources for future generations, and this is accomplished in many ways. "So in this case where trees are affected our replacement policy is for every inch of wood taken, the proponent of the projects is required to replace that same amount." Although the TYee City USA designation is far from Hill's first, the 75th CEG has scheduled celebratory events before and after the See TREE I page 11 What you can do to join in the observance people who are engaged in individual and collective activities to improve their? health, to, improve Spill Response.RM/Technical Writer Environmental Management their schools and to participate in building solutions to urgent national and global issues such as climate change or the world's water crises. The t's time to celebrate Earth Day, but exactly "Green Generation™" is open to everyone and you how much do you know about it? Always can check it out at http://www.earthday.net/greenobserved on April 22, Earth Day is comgeneration. memorated to call attention to the environment; to educate and remind us to be kind to Mother • The Utah Department of Environmental QualEarth. And in turn, the Earth will provide us ity's Division of Water Quality is partnering with with what we need to survive. Smith's Food and Drug Stores and the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office Millcreek Precinct to colIn America, the first Earth Day was observed lect old medications. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on in 1970. Former U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson was April 25, the Smith's Food and Drug located at 845 a co-founder and picked the name after reading about San Francisco's Earth Day celebration which E. 4500 South will offer free disposal of unwanted medicines — prescription and over-the-counter had been held on March 21 of that year. Internadrugs. tional Earth Day is reportedly where the original Earth Day observance took place and was celebrat"Proper disposal of unwanted drugs may be a ed on the March equinox (March 20-21). In obserchore, but there are important reasons to dispose vance of International Earth Day, the United Naof them in a safe and responsible way," said Leah tions peace bell is rung three times that day then Ann Lamb, assistant director of DWQ. Medicines followed by a minute of silence. flushed down the toilet or sink enter the water because some wastewater treatment plants aren't So what's happening for this year's Earth Day designed to remove them, Lamb said. activities? Here are a number of events, activities and Web sites to check out: • Saturday, April 18, the Ogden Nature Center • Earth Day Network's "Green Generation™" is inviting people to visit the more than 40 earthcampaign is an initiative that will launch in 2009 friendly exhibits between noon and 4 p.m. and culminate on the 40th anniversary of Earth "We will be offering tours of the Nature Center's Day in 2010. Similar to "The Greatest Generation" green building," said organizer Sabrina Foster. that confronted the challenges of World War II and who inspired the major societal changes that followed, the "Green Generation™" includes ordinary See OBSERVANCE I page 11 BY LJSA ASCHBHENNER I H H . (-»'•»'( I No 'Doubt' you'll see heavyweight battle of BY STEVE SALLES Standard Examiner movie critic "D! oubt" may have the look of | priests and nuns, but its message is far more universal than a Catholic story. Based on an award-winning play set in 1964, the film shows the Catholic Church going through a metamorphosis of teaching styles in its schools. The hard-liners who taught through fear and discipline were on their way out, and a kinder, gentler approach was being introduced. Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Meryl Streep) represented the old way of doing things. When the old battle-ax principal spoke, the kids jumped Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman) was part of the new wave in education. He got closer to the students, considered them in friendlier terms and wanted them to have more fun. Poor new Sister James (Amy Adams) was stuck in the middle, wanting to be more progressive, but restrained by her superior sister who trusted no one. As part of its progressive move, the St. Nicholas School in the Bronx brought in its first black student, Donald Miller, who was feeling the effects from other cruel students and a disapproving father. See REVIEW I page 12 Goodspeed Productions Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman) talks with Sister James (Amy Adams) in the character study "Doubt" which also features Meryl Streep as Sister Aloysius Beauvier.