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Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

Pike Nurseries recycling Christmas trees

Pike Nurseries recycling Christmas trees

(WXIA) -- Do you still have your Christmas tree? Pike Nurseries is holding a tree recycling event through the end of January.

Customers can bring their live trees to any Pike Nurseries location until Jan. 31. The trees will be chipped and recycled; Pike Nurseries plans to turn Christmas trees into compost and other environmentally friendly materials.

Pike Nurseries will also come to customers' homes and pick up their trees for $50.

To find your nearest Pike, visit pikenursery.com.

GEMA: Georgians should prepare as hurricane season hurries in

GEMA: Georgians should prepare as hurricane season hurries in

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Emergency Management Agency stresses the importance of safety just before Hurricane Preparedness Week hits. 

During the week, May 26 - June 1, education will be offered to all residents through Georgia who plan to camp outdoors, throw cookouts and spend time at the lakes or in the backyard. Severe weather can make its way here anytime, a Ready Georgia spokeswoman said, which puts Georgians at risk statewide.

Oak tree to be planted for Arbor Day

Oak tree to be planted for Arbor Day

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Peachtree City will celebrate Arbor Day by planting an oak tree in the median of Riley Parkway at Wisdom Road.

An oak tree was removed from the intersection last year. Now, Blumenhaus Landscapes owner Ed Jackson has donated a similar tree to take its place.

The tree will be planted Friday, Feb. 15 at 2:45 p.m. The public is invited to attend a brief ceremony before the planting.

McIntosh HS lacrosse players to pick up Christmas trees

McIntosh HS lacrosse players to pick up Christmas trees

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Members of the McIntosh High School boys' lacrosse team are willing to pick up and recycle your used Christmas tree.

The lacrosse players will retrieve trees from Peachtree City homes and businesses through Feb. 2.

In return, McIntosh High asks that participants make a donation to the lacrosse team.

To coordinate a tree pickup time, call 770-487-8877 or write to Sally Herman at szherman@yahoo.com.

If you would like to recycle your Christmas tree yourself, you can participate in Bring One for the Chipper.

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Drop off your tree from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 at the Peachtree City Recycling Center, the Home Depot on Ga. 54 or the Kedron Shopping Center.

Lake Peachtree cleanup effort needs volunteers

Lake Peachtree cleanup effort needs volunteers

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Volunteers are needed to help Rivers Alive and Keep Peachtree City Beautiful clean up Lake Peachtree.

Anyone who is interested in pitching in is asked to head down to the Battery Way docks for registration at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. Cleanup will begin at 9 a.m. and last until noon.

Participants should wear boots or sneakers and bring rubber gloves, sunscreen, water to drink, and "litter grabbers" (kitchen tongs and the like). Volunteers ages 5 to 17 must be accompanied by adults.

To volunteer, send your contact information to ptcriversalive@gmail.com. A waiver form will be sent to you.

Rivers Alive is a volunteer waterway cleanup effort that works to beautify all streams, rivers, lakes, beaches and wetlands in Georgia. Learn more at riversalive.com.

15 counties must clean their air

15 counties must clean their air

ATLANTA -- Air Quality Awareness Week recently came to a close, and 15 metro Atlanta counties didn't quite make the clean air cut.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently changed its standards of attainment for ozone standards from .08 parts per billion to .075 parts.

The change means that 15 formerly compliant counties were re-designated at nonattainment for ground-level ozone: Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Paulding and Rockdale.

To clean up the air, residents can try carpooling to work or taking MARTA if possible; fewer cars on the roads means more breathable air for everyone in metro Atlanta.

Learn more about how to reduce emissions and cut down on ozone at www.cleanaircampaign.org.