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WASHINGTON, D.C. --Ten builders and developers who made tree preservation a priority in the design, production, development and marketing of their new communities have been honored with 2003 Building With Trees Awards of Excellence by the National Arbor Day Foundation, Firewise Communities and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). "These award winners are at the forefront of a green building movement that can help home builders do something good for the environment by emphasizing tree preservation, increase their communities' marketability, build homes with higher property values, and in some cases reduce overhead costs," NAHB Executive Vice President and CEO Jerry Howard said. The 2003 winners are: The Eagles Club at Quail Hollow, Concord Township, Ohio, developed by Pulte Homes of Ohio; FishHawk Ranch, developed by Newland Communities, Lithia, Fla.; Riderwood Village, developed by Erickson Retirement Communities, Silver Spring, Md.; Bailey's Grove, a mixed-use community by Eastbrook Homes, Kentwood, Mich.; Waterchase, Tampa, Fla., developed by Taylor Woodrow Communities and tree preservation consultant Hanley Landscaping Service, Inc.; Island Wood, Bainbridge Island, Wash., and developed by the Brainerd Foundation; Rodine Global Ministry Building, on the Trinity International University campus, Bannockburn, Ill.; Maple Valley Library, part of the King County Library System, Issaquah, Wash.; Wal-Mart Supercenter, Bradenton, Fla., and developed by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and tree experts Steve Clark and Associates; and the Daniel Island Club, Charleston, S.C., developed by the Daniel Island Company in collaboration with the tree knowledge of Kenneth A. Knox. This is the fifth year that builders and developers have been recognized through the program. To be eligible for recognition in the Building With Trees program, builders and developers must include a tree expert on their development team; communicate tree-preservation goals to all workers; inventory existing trees prior to construction and use that information to plan the site; plan for long term tree care; and adhere to all tree protection goals during construction. The 2003 Awards of Excellence will be presented at the National Arbor Day Foundation's Building for Greener Communities National Conference, to be held September 29 to October 1, 2003.

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