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One million and counting.

While volunteers in Hawaii plant a milestone for the Heritage Forests program, volunteers, Board, and staff on the East Coast dig in on round two.

AMERICAN FORESTS and its cooperating partners reached a milestone on National Arbor Day by planting trees No. 1,000,000 and 1,000,001 in Global ReLeaf Heritage Forests.

The millionth tree was planted on Arbor Day in the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge on the Big Island of Hawaii, where it will help other Heritage Forest trees re-establish a healthy rainforest ecosystem that supports endangered birds. A coalition of representatives from local government agencies, businesses, and volunteer groups made the long trek up to the refuge for the Acacia koa planting. This type of partnership--representative of 24 others operating across the United States--is what makes the Heritage Forests program so successful.

Heritage Forests tree No. 1,000,001 was planted in Fairfax, Virginia, the following day, May 1, by AMERICAN FORESTS staff and Board, volunteers from Fairfax ReLeaf and the Sierra Club, and the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District.

The event celebrated the launch of a campaign to plant another million trees across the U.S. to restore damaged ecosystems. For more information on Global ReLeaf Heritage Forests, write to: AMERICAN FORESTS, P.O. Box 2000, Washington, DC 20013. To have trees planted for someone's birthday or anniversary, in memory of a loved one, or simply to improve the environment, call 800/8-RELEAF (for credit-card use only). One tree will be planted for each $1 donation (minimum of 10).
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Title Annotation:American Forests Today; Heritage Forest tree planting program
Author:Wright, Lori
Publication:American Forests
Date:Jul 1, 1993
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