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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild launched a campaign to help bring a little more shade to the Tucson area. It's all part of the 10,000 Trees project.

Mayor Rothschild was scheduled to speak at a press conference preceding a tree planting.  The project is part of the Mayor's Urban Forestry working group, a partnership with Trees for Tucson and Tucson Electric Power.

The mayor stated that it is not hard to convince Tucsonans that shade is a good thing.  Trees provide cool air for nearby structures reducing energy costs.  Experts say Tucson is still losing trees faster than they are being replaced.  

So the goal is to plant 10,000 trees at homes, businesses and on public property by the end of 2014.

After the press conference today Rothschild was scheduled to plant a tree at the northwest corner of Armory Park.

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