"Jim Cope was a very dear friend of mine. I'd walk through the conifers with him. Jim collected them from all over the world," he said. "I've always had a real good feeling about (Cope center) because of my friendship with Jim. The people out there are really dedicated."
"We could think of no better day to have this event than Earth Day because Cope is really all about Mother Earth, honoring Mother Earth, sustaining Mother Earth, teaching about Mother Earth and learning from Mother Earth," said Cope center board chairman Alan Spears as he welcomed guests.