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Linde Division, Curtis Bay facility, will be one of 23 Union Carbide plants nationwide to participate in "Rooting for America," the Union Carbide Community Tree Planting Program, a decade-long plan to plantmore than 1 million trees.

Now in its second year, the program isdesigned to foster environmental awareness, promote the planting andsurvival of trees and their seedlings and build community spirit andpride. This year, the company will plant more than 25,000 trees across the country.

The Linde Division facility at 7350 Carbide Road employs 25 Lindeand 30 contract people who also reside in the area. The firm supplies oxygen, nitrogen and argon to businesses such as SCM and Mobay Chemicals.

The program will develop new "care grounds" for a new strain of Dutch elm disease-resistant American elms, called the American liberty elm. Company officials hope to re-establish elms in portions of the county and North America that were deforested by Dutch elm disease in the 1930s.

Citizens interested in participating in Rooting for America should contact Dick Meyer at the Linde Division. Information: 360-0500.

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