Club Members donate their 
spare change at each monthly meeting.

The Money is sent the Forest Service in $68.00 increments.

Pennies for Pines

News From: National Garden Clubs Inc.

4401 Magnolia Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63110-3492

Penny Pines Rejuvenates Forests
Across The U.S.

More Than 80 National Forests Benefit As National Garden Clubs

and U.S. Forest Service Team Up For The Environment

ST. 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.

Deforestation 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.”

Blaschke 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.

NGC 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

In addition to the Penny Pines program, other service projects offered by National Garden Clubs Inc. include the Plant It Pink project, healing gardens and horticultural therapy programs, Blue Star Memorials, 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 ( 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.

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(Media contact: Patricia Binder, 636-441-0022,, or Debra Finkel, 314-878-2465,, Finkel & Binder Communications LLC, agent for National Garden Clubs Inc.)