From: National Garden Clubs Inc.
Louis, MO 63110-3492
Pines Rejuvenates Forests
Across The U.S.
Than 80 National Forests Benefit As National Garden Clubs
Forest Service Team Up For The Environment
LOUIS (January 28, 2010)--Since launching a partnership with the U.S.
Forest Service in 2004, National Garden Clubs Inc. (NGC) and its
various affiliates across the country have collected more than
$75,000 on the local and state level for the U.S. Forest Service’s
well-known Penny Pines program, which is dedicated to replanting
damaged forested areas. These funds have taken root coast to coast,
benefiting 80 national forests in 42 states. But, as
environmentalists know, saving forests is an ongoing task. To step up
the effort in 2010, NGC is issuing a plea to communities and civic
organizations nationwide to pitch in.
through natural disasters or human activities remains a major concern
to National Garden Clubs’ membership,” says Renee D. Blaschke, of
Smithville, Texas, NGC president. “The loss of trees is not only an
aesthetic blight but also an environmental threat.”
says that donations made to the NGC Penny Pines effort can designate
a specific state or national forest to benefit. Contributions to
Penny Pines can be made individually
or through school, organization or club fundraisers.
requests that donations be made in multiples of $68. This was the
cost of planting 10 acres when the Penny Pines program was first
started in California in 1941 as a statewide conservation program,
and has been retained as a minimum donation through the years.
According to Art Loesch, NGC Penny Pines chairman, $68 now covers the
cost to plant approximately 350 seedlings, which translates to about
one acre. NGC issues handsome personalized certificates recognizing
donors or their honorees. Complete information is available on the
NGC Web site at www.gardenclub.org.
addition to the Penny Pines program, other service projects offered
by National Garden Clubs Inc. include the Plant
project, healing gardens and horticultural therapy programs, Blue
school gardening initiatives for children, flower shows, and a host
of civic beautification and improvement efforts. Founded in 1929 and
headquartered in St. Louis, NGC (www.gardenclub.org)
has 200,000 members connected to a vast network of 6,300 local clubs,
50 state clubs, and a National Capital area club, as well as a
sizable group of international affiliates. NGC is the largest
volunteer organization of its type in the world.
contact: Patricia Binder, 636-441-0022, firstname.lastname@example.org,
or Debra Finkel, 314-878-2465, email@example.com,
Finkel & Binder Communications LLC, agent for National Garden