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OHIO'S TREESOURCE PROGRAM PLANTS 14.6 MILLION TREES IN 1993

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Ohioans planted and maintained 14.6 million trees in 1993 as part of Ohio's TreeSource program, an increase of more than 30 percent from 1992, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
 TreeSource, "Ohio's Greenprint For the Future," is a partnership of state and local governments, private businesses and citizen volunteers joined in a renewed commitment to plant and nurture more trees in Ohio. The program, initiated last year by Governor George V. Voinovich, is designed to significantly increase tree planting and maintenance while educating Ohioans about the importance of trees to the state's environment and quality of life.
 "Ohio's TreeSource initiative is one of the most comprehensive statewide reforestation efforts in the country," said Frances S. Buchholzer, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, during an awards ceremony today. "The program has had many accomplishments in its first year," she said.
 During 1993, the TreeSource program planted and maintained 14.6 million trees, surpassing its goal for 1993 and, in fact, nearly matching the goal for 1995. In addition, the program also expanded new sites for tree planting along roadways, on reclaimed mined lands and in critical watershed areas.
 In a grassroots effort to establish TreeSource county volunteer programs in all of Ohio's 88 counties, the program surpassed its goal for 1993, establishing 62 county programs. The county volunteer programs, coordinated through the American Free Tree Program, distributes tree seedlings, at no cost, to volunteers who agree to plant the trees and help them grow to maturity.
 In addition to planting and maintaining trees, the Ohio TreeSource program aims to educate individuals on the importance of trees to our state and natural resources. By educating private landowners on woodland management and providing technical information to Ohio's communities, TreeSource has started to educate Ohio's citizens about tree maintenance and care. The program has also targeted Ohio's youth by actively involving them in tree planting activities, as well as providing educational information for classroom use. In fact, nearly 500,000 youth have participated in the TreeSource planting effort to date.
 Individuals wishing to become involved in the TreeSource volunteer effort may contact the TreeSource State Volunteer Coordinator at 800-686-1886.
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 /CONTACT: Suzan Jervey of the Division of Forestry, 614-265-6702, or Jim Lynch of Media Relations, 614-265-6886, both of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources/


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