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Governor Branstad and several state department heads scheduled to attend Keep Iowa Beautiful event this afternoon

AMES, Iowa – March 27, 2012 – Iowa Governor Branstad, Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Roger Lande, Iowa Department of Corrections Director John Baldwin, and Iowa Department of Transportation Director Paul Trombino III will be attending a proclamation signing sponsored by Keep Iowa Beautiful this afternoon. The event serves as a kickoff for Keep Iowa Beautiful Month, which starts in April.

Established in 2000, Keep Iowa Beautiful has become a successful, nationally recognized program that involves several initiatives carried out in partnership with these state agencies.

In recognition of Keep Iowa Beautiful Month, the State of Iowa is encouraging local governments and communities, civic and professional groups, businesses, churches, schools, families and individual citizens to participate in roadside, parks and waterway cleanups.

The Iowa DOT is also seeking volunteers to participate in the state’s Adopt-A-Highway program, which provides a year-round opportunity to keep our roadsides clean. The great natural beautify of our state and clean environment are sources of great pride for all Iowans, attracting tourists and aiding in recruitment of new industries.

Keep Iowa Beautiful Month and the month-long cleanup activities planned for April, will increase awareness of the need for cleaner public spaces, and emphasize the importance of not littering, and encourage recycling of waste.

In addition, Keep Iowa Beautiful month is part of the state’s and Keep Iowa Beautiful’s effort to educate Iowa’s young people about the importance of a clean environment to Iowa’s quality of life.

Please join these State of Iowa officials and Keep Iowa Beautiful members today from 2:30 – 3 p.m. at the Governor’s formal office at the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines for the proclamation signing. And, take an active role in making Iowa a cleaner place.

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