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Digging in Dirt, Arbor Day Planting, May Help Build Citizenship: UMD Study Finds

April 29, 2011

Dana Fisher Digging in the ground to plant trees may be an excellent gateway to further involvement in politics and civic affairs, concludes a new University of Maryland study, based on work with New York City environmental volunteers. "The more a person is involved in environmental stewardship, the more she/he engages with other types of civic and political activities," says the report, which the researchers released to coincide with Arbor Day. Full Story

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