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02/28/2011 11:06 AM ET
Twins Relocate Target Field Trees
Black spruce trees formerly in the batter's eye area now under the care of trained arborists; Most trees to be transplanted to Minnesota State Parks
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MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Twins announced today that the 14 black spruce trees, which formerly comprised the batter's eye area at Target Field, have been relocated. The 14 trees, which were removed from Target Field last week, were transported to Bergen's Greenhouse in Forest Lake, Minn. where they will be cared for by trained arborists.

Before the trees were removed, each was authenticated by a Major League Baseball official as being the actual trees in Target Field. The official marked the trees with the official MLB hologram that was attached to a thick cable-tie near the top of each tree

"All of the trees were professionally uprooted, properly bundled and successfully shipped to the greenhouse," said Larry DiVito, Twins head groundskeeper. "They will be cared for indoors until the weather is right to replant them", he said.

When the weather permits, two trees will be transplanted near the entrance to the Target Field parking lot on Twins Way; one will be held for an online, public auction benefitting the Minnesota Twins Community Fund; one will be held for a season ticket holder contest; and the remaining 10 will be donated to the Minnesota State Park system and transplanted within 150 miles of the Twin Cities in public view. The DNR is working on locations within specific state parks and will plant the trees as part of the "Break a Bat, Plant a Tree" program in the spring.

"We are very grateful for our partnership with the Minnesota Twins and for this additional donation of trees to Minnesota state parks," said Courtland Nelson, director of the DNR's Division of Parks and Trails. "Minnesota state parks and trails are already planting 18,000 seedling trees, thanks to our partnership with the Twins. We teamed up with them on the Break a Bat, Plant a Tree promotion during the 2010 regular season, and each bat broken by a Twins pitcher scored 100 trees for a Minnesota state park or trail. The 10 'celebrity trees' coming from Target Field will be well cared for by our staff and will provide a special attraction for our visitors. "

Details of the online auction will be announced in the coming days. All proceeds from the Target Field tree auction will benefit the Twins Community Fund.

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