Dominion's Project Plant It! Inspires 33,000 Students to Learn about Trees,
Plant Redbuds Honoring Arbor Day, April 25
-- Program helps young students in six states to connect with and care for the
-- Many tree-planting celebrations taking place at schools during week of
Arbor Day, April 21-25
-- Potential for up to 625 acres of new forest created by project since
RICHMOND, Va., April 21, 2014
RICHMOND, Va., April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Thirty-three thousand elementary
school students in six states are participating this year in Dominion's
Project Plant It!, the environmental education program developed by Dominion
to teach the next generation of tree-planters about the benefits of trees to
our ecosystem. The program culminates with outdoor celebrations and
tree-planting events throughout the week of Arbor Day, April 21-25, at many of
the participating schools.
Fun Facts About Project Plant It!
Project Plant It! (view YouTube video) connects students to the environment in
a fun and interactive way with nature-based lessons and activities for use in
the classroom and outdoors. Along with the education program, each
participating student receives a free tree seedling – a spring-flowering
redbud this year.
The program is funded by Dominion Resources, parent company of Dominion
Virginia Power. Two longtime partners with Dominion are the national Arbor Day
Foundation and the Virginia Department of Forestry.
"Dominion created Project Plant It! in 2007 and it has really taken root in
the areas where we conduct business," said Robert M. Blue, president-Dominion
Virginia Power. "The program is a contributing reason to why Dominion Virginia
Power has been named a Tree Line USA utility for the past 3 consecutive
years." The award is given to utilities whose forestry practices protect and
enhance America's urban forests.
This spring, more than 33,000 students in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina,
Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut will bring home a redbud tree seedling
in a recyclable container with instructions for indoor and outdoor planting.
This year Jo McElwain, a representative from the Arbor Day Foundation in
Nebraska, will visit the Richmond region to assist with tree-planting events
at several schools during the week of Arbor Day.
"Each and every year, Project Plant It! continues to effectively engage
students by connecting them with nature," said McElwain. "Project Plant It!
puts Eastern Redbud trees into the hands of the next generation of
tree-planters who will always cherish the memory of planting a tree and
watching it grow."
The Eastern Redbud produces spectacular spring blossoms and its seeds provide
winter food for birds. It can be used for nesting sites and nesting materials
and provides shelter for birds and mammals alike. The redbud provides good
shade when planted near patios and is an excellent tree for planting near
The Arbor Day Foundation, which inspires people to plant, nurture and
celebrate trees, is responsible for planting, growing, packaging and shipping
the more than 250,000 tree seedlings that Project Plant It! has distributed to
students over the years. According to experts from the Virginia Department of
Forestry, about 625 acres of new forest will be created if all of these
seedlings grow to maturity.
Dominion and its 20-member forestry team will be involved in several
tree-planting ceremonies across Virginia to help students celebrate Arbor Day,
including the following locations:
oWoodville Elementary School in Richmond, April 22
oClark Elementary School in Charlottesville, April 23
oRandolph Elementary School in Goochland County, April 24
oPetersburg Public Schools at Lee Memorial Park in Petersburg, April 25
oMason Crest Elementary School in Fairfax County, April 25
Through online, classroom and outdoor activities, Project Plant It! teaches
students about the benefits of trees to the ecosystem, such as providing shade
and oxygen, sheltering birds, insects and animals, and preventing soil
erosion. Project Plant It! is a free community program offered to school
systems within the company's service areas.
Dominion, headquartered in Richmond, is one of the nation's largest producers
and transporters of energy. The Dominion Foundation is dedicated to improving
the physical, social and economic well-being of the communities served by
Dominion companies. Dominion and the Foundation support nonprofit causes that
meet basic human needs, protect the environment, promote education and
encourage community vitality. For more information about Dominion and the
Dominion Foundation, visit www.dom.com.
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Contact: Janell Hancock, 804-771-6115, Janell.M.Hancock@dom.com, or Charles
Penn, 703-796-9308, Charles.Penn@dom.com, or Bonita Harris, 757-857-2700,
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