Lola Lugard, a student at Piney Ridge Elementary School, has been awarded first place in the annual fifth grade Arbor Day poster contest sponsored by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. As a result, Piney Ridge will receive 15 trees for planting.

The posters were created using varied artistic techniques, including colored pencils, crayons, markers and paint, all illustrating this year’s contest theme, “Trees are Terrific… in All Four Seasons!” Lola’s drawing depicts trees in all four seasons.

The Maryland Forest Service accepted hundreds of entries for the 2020 Arbor Day Poster Contest. Posters are initially judged on a county level and the winners are submitted to the Maryland Urban and Community Forestry Committee to compete at the statewide level. The poster contest is judged annually by a panel of forestry experts and special guest judge Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan.

The Arbor Day poster contest is hosted by the department’s Tree-Mendous Maryland Program. All winning poster entries are posted online at



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