Celebrating Arbor Day by planting trees

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Celebrating Arbor Day by planting trees

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 2:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This week marks the beginning of the Intervale Center’s eighth annual spring tree planting campaign. Just in time for Arbor Day (April 27) and Mother’s Day (May 13), community members can help support the Center’s social enterprise, the Intervale Conservation Nursery, as we plant over 20,000 native trees and shrubs along rivers and streams in Vermont. 

For each donation of $35 or more between now and Mother’s Day, the Intervale Center will plant a tree in the name of a designated loved one along the Winooski River. These trees will live for decades, providing habitat for animals, reducing erosion, filtering pollutants before they reach the water, and sequestering carbon. 

“Planting trees is one of the most cost-effective ways to decrease run-off and improve water quality,” explains Travis Marcotte, executive director of the Intervale Center. “As we plant tens of thousands of native trees and shrubs every year, we also engage our community in a conversation about the importance of riparian restoration and water quality. That’s what this campaign is all about.” 

Over the next few weeks, the Burlington community will help plant hundreds of trees as businesses like Dealer.com, Vermont Gas, and Patagonia engage their employees in meaningful volunteer service. Additionally, the Nursery will be planting over 20,000 trees and shrubs from Tunbridge to St. Albans. Since 2001, the Nursery has reforested over 1,300 acres of riparian buffer throughout Vermont. 

To learn more, volunteer, or make a donation to plant a tree, visit www.intervale.org

About the Intervale Center

The Intervale Center is a Vermont based farm and food organization with 30 years of leadership experience. We work in Vermont and nationally to address some of the massive challenges we face: hunger and malnutrition, farm viability, and climate change. The Intervale Conservation Nursery, an enterprise of the Intervale Center, grows locally-sourced, native trees and shrubs without the use of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. The Nursery works with landowners, farmers, businesses, towns and government agencies to ensure that land and water resources are protected and enhanced for future generations.

Source: Intervale Center 4.24.2018