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Pruitt and Perdue Promote Sustainability in The South

Trump Administration Cabinet Members Visit Rural Georgia Tree Farm, Speak to Students

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COCHRAN, GA (July, 7, 2017) - Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue visited the Gully Branch Tree Farm in rural Georgia.  The visit focused on the benefits of EPA’s partnership with local organizations in rural America to promote environmental stewardship among school-aged children, especially those living in agricultural communities.  

Gully Branch Tree Farm has been used as one of Georgia’s premier outdoor classrooms since 1994. More than 800 students visit Gully Branch each year as part of forestry education field trips rooted in the American Forest Foundation’s Project Learning Tree environmental education program.  The farm was named the “2008 Georgia Tree Farm of the Year”.  

After touring the farm, the two cabinet officials delivered remarks to local farmers and foresters, educators, 4H students and members of Future Farmers of America.

"As Secretary Perdue and I visited Gully Branch today, it reaffirmed that there are no better stewards of the land than folks like Earl and Wanda Barrs. Farmers and foresters care deeply about their greatest asset, the land," Administrator Pruitt said. "The American people once again have a voice, and EPA is listening and ready to work together, creating optimism across the country."

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt