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PACIFIC POWER BEGINS TREE PLANTING PILOT PROJECT

 SALEM, Ore., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- In a groundbreaking public- private partnership, Pacific Power has planted the first 108 of about 350 acres of trees in a rural tree planting project to test low-cost ways to reduce carbon dioxide in the environment.
 "We're tackling our part of a global issue," said Paul Lorenzini, president of Pacific Power, who was joined by Gov. Barbara Roberts, Secretary of State Phil Keisling and other state officials to announce the Oregon program.
 "While science debates the concept of global warming and carbon dioxide's effect on the global climate, Pacific is beginning to test low-cost ways to offset a portion of the CO2 emitted by our coal burning plants through forestry programs," Lorenzini added.
 "This is a fine opportunity for government, industry and private landowners to cooperate in the interests of all Oregonians who care for the health of our state," said Gov. Roberts. "I applaud all of those who are working to make this a success."
 Trees -- like other green plants -- naturally absorb carbon dioxide (CO2).
 Pacific is working with the Oregon Department of Forestry to assist private, non-industrial landowners in planting Douglas fir trees. The first 108 acres, on property owned by Larry Brown, is located near the town of Rogue River in an area burned by the 12,000 acre Evans Creek fire last summer. In addition, the company has signed an agreement to plant 70 acres in Coos County, and is considering six other projects in other areas of Oregon, including Polk, Douglas, Coos and Marion counties.
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 /CONTACT: Jan Mitchell, 503-464-6261, or Sandra McDonough, 503-464-6262, both of PacifiCorp/


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