2017-09-20 / School News

Cacapon Institute receives “Tree Giveaway” Award

Cacapon Institute received a $5,000 award on August 28 from The Alliance for Community Trees, a program of the Arbor Day Foundation, made possible by partnership with CSX Transportation through their Trees for Tracks program. This award supports Cacapon Institute distributing hundreds of trees, free of charge, through Carla Hardy WV Project CommuniTree. Cacapon Institute is also supported by the U.S. EPA, WV DEP Chesapeake Bay Program, USDA Forest Service, WV Division of Forestry, Finley’s Green Leap Forward, and members of Cacapon Institute.

Frank Rodgers, Cacapon Institute’s Director says, “Arbor Day Foundation’s Alliance for Community Trees, through their partnership with CSX Transportation, has been a tremendous benefactor to West Virginia citizens. They have provided financial assistance for three years in a row and, this fall alone, many hundreds of WV volunteers will benefit from their generous contribution and plant nearly 400 trees to improve their communities.”

Carla Hardy WV Project CommuniTree, popularly known as “CTree,” has grown to become West Virginia’s largest volunteer tree steward program. This fall, CTree will distribute trees to volunteer groups for 16 community tree planting events at schools, parks, churches, HOA common areas, and other public spaces. In total, volunteers will plant a total of 372 trees.

Funding from ACT, as well as additional support from the West Virginia Chesapeake Bay Program, WV Division of Forestry, WV DEP, Conservation Districts, and other supporters, will allow Cacapon Institute to engage more communities in planting more trees than any previous fall planting season since Cacapon Institute began coordinating the program in 2012.

To find community tree planting events go to www.CacaponInstitute.org.

Founded in 1985, Cacapon Institute’s mission, from the Cacapon River to the Potomac to the Chesapeake Bay, is to protect rivers and watersheds using science and education.

The Carla Hardy West Virginia Project CommuniTree is “Building Communities from the Roots Up.”

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