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Plant-It 2000 is an international nonprofit tree-planting foundation dedicated to properly planting, maintaining and protecting as many indigenous trees as possible worldwide. We design and provide custom tree-planting events for sponsors in cities and forests throughout the United States. Schoolchildren, teachers, local businesses and community leaders are typical participants. For every dollar generously contributed Plant-It 2000 will plant a tree. The contributor decides where the trees get planted by selecting a site from our international site list. Educational forestry lectures are usually provided before each tree-planting event. We insure that with each tree-planting project, the trees are protected by contract as much as possible from future harvest, a comprehensive maintenence plan is enacted and tree selection is appropriate to the area. We are unrelated to any other organization and enjoy working with all kinds of groups (businesses, enviromental organizations, timber companies, municipalities, civic organizations) and individuals. Founded during the Spring of 1992, Plant-It 2000 [a 501 (c) (3)] hopes that you will join us in replenishing your community or a nearby forest. Many of our natural areas need additional trees which, in turn, reduce pollution, lower energy bills and improve our climate. Your assistance allows Plant-It 2000 to plant trees in local cities and forests allowing for numerous benefits to yourself and future generations.

Plant-It 2000 provides individuals, businesses and other organizations a secure method of 'giving-back' to our communities and forests. With Plant-It 2000, contributors have knowledge and control over their giving and are able to know the precise value of their donation - a tree planted and maintained for every dollar we receive.

We are proud to mention that we have accomplished the planting of over 600,000 indigenous trees since our inception during the Spring of 1992. These trees are on public lands and are protected from future timber harvest by contract and location. We have recently completed numerous tree-planting events including 24,000 trees planted in Cameroon and 14,000 trees each in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. Closer to home, we have been reforesting cities and forests throughout the United States - allowing thousands of people to personally build community by helping us plant trees.

Partnership with individuals such as yourself makes a tremendous difference. Ten trees, for instance, can protect a bend in a river - allowing fish to spawn and seasonal flooding to be greatly diminished. Twenty-five trees can cool a city park and larger numbers of trees can even beneficially affect the temperature and power consumption of a city. Our tree-planting sites are chosen to generate the maximum benefit for both environmental and ecological enhancement so that each tree planted 'makes a difference.'

Come see us on the internet. We can be reached at www.tesser.com/plantit and our Home Page provides you with updates and information regarding our tree-planting past and present activities. We also allow you to make paperless, secure, electronic contributions using your Visa, Mastercard or American Express within our Home Page at http://www.tesser.com/plantit/econ.htm.

The John Denver Memorial Forest:
The passing of singer John Denver has led to a drastic reforestation project throughout Rusinga Island, Lake Victoria, Kenya. The island has sadly been deforested in the past but the current reforestation project is already improving the island's natural resources. Our reforestation efforts are assisted by 10,000 - 15,000 local participants representing schools, farm groups, church groups, families and the local government.

Increased reforestation at the John Denver Memorial Forest on Rusinga Island has tremendous benefits including
   a) increased fruit production,
   b) improved crop yields from soil improvement,
   c) decreased grazing pressure on the land,
   d) protected watersheds,
   e) generation of sustainably produced firewood and charcoal and
   f) the unification of differing ethnic groups via intra-island cooperative restoration efforts.

Some of the more recent Plant-It 2000 reforestation efforts on Rusinga Island include the planting of 5,000 trees during July, 1998 (generously sponsored by the Virgin Entertainment Group) and 10,000 trees planted by Plant-It 2000 during January, 1999. Rusinga Island needs your assistance to generate food and to restore its damaged ecosystem. Will you help?

The Cameroon Reforestation Project:
Generations of slash-and-burn shifting cultivation and unsustainable tree-harvesting for firewood, construction and medicine has generated strong damage to Cameroon's Northwest Province. Residents have cried 'enough' and have banded together in a coalition in 182 separate communities which includes 20 schools, hundreds of families, Peace Corps volunteers and 2 non-governmental agencies. The goal is to have these schools plant 30,000 - 40,000 trees annually in fragile watershed areas, school compounds and community forests.

The many benefits of this important reforestation project include
   a) increased crop yields,
   b) reestablishment of trees with medicinal and cultural purposes,
   c) protection and restoration of endangered water sources such as watersheds,
   d) provide shade for school campgrounds,
   e) preserving and replenishing the forests by showing farmers that this method is better for them than slash-and-burn agriculture,
   f) increasing fruit yields and
   g) creating social unity between different ethnic groups.

In January, 1999, Plant-It 2000 has already planted 20,000 trees in Cameroon but we need your assistance in making this project come to fruition.

Tanzania Reforestation Project:
Three areas are being focused upon for reforestation: the Tarime District in the Mara region, the community watershed area on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mwivuza Village in the Nigara District. These areas have been devastated partly by trying to support huge numbers of Burundian and Rwandan refugees. Approximately 40 schools and many hundreds of people are beginning to plant seed beds and switch to sustainable forms of forestry. At each location, reforestation is performed with the assistance of school and community programs. Their reforestation efforts will
   a) increase the availability of food through fruit as well as increased crop yields via intercropping,
   b) protect and restore community watersheds,
   c) create sustainable firewood plots,
   d) provide living fencing to protect farmland from roaming animals,
   e) create windbreaks for housing,
   f) reforest denuded lands and
   g) switch the inhabitants to a much more sustainable method of land use.

In January, 1999, Plant-It 2000 started this project by planting 10,000 trees in Tanzania and we want to really help them. Tanzanians are very friendly people who really desire to make-a-difference in their lives.

Zambia Reforestation Project:
Slash-and-burn along with the intensive harvesting of trees for firewood has devastated the watershed which serves the five Zambian villages of Chinyumba, Chimwala, Cjilijemunda, Muyabala and Dunda. Compounding the situation is continually decreasing crop yields from the village's farms. The Mthuzi Development Foundation, along with local communities want to quickly reverse this trend by establishing seed beds, plant thousands of trees and thus regain the healthy soil and watershed protection which will provide sufficient food and water. This tree-planting effort will beneficially affect thousands of Zambians who will be relieved of drought, receive better quality food and who will have better economic conditions as a result of replenishing the forests. In January, 1999, Plant-It 2000 planted 10,000 trees in this part of Zambia. Of all the current Plant-It 2000 projects, the Zambia Reforestation Project has the greatest impact on relieving the hardships of drought for thousands of human beings.

Abbott Laboratories and Plant-It 2000:
The 1998 worldwide Human Resources Leadership Conference was sponsored and run by Abbott Laboratories. Abbott Laboratories sponsored through Plant-It 2000 the planting of an indigenous tree for each attendee. Over 500 indigenous trees were thus planted in needy locations worldwide as a result of their caring.

John Denver Wildlife Sanctuary - Aspen, Colorado, USA:
In August, 1998, The Plant-It 2000 Foundation partnered with the City of Aspen and the National Arbor Day Foundation to honor the passing of Singer John Denver by funding the first phase of a multi-acre wetlands area in Aspen. Over 200 people assisted with the planting of 125 native saplings along both sides of a river and throughout an island in the river. This is a multi-year project designed to not only reforest a riparian zone which will improve the health of the river but will also provide homes and food for indigenous wildlife. Tree-plantings will continue annually towards completing this important project.

Future Projects:
For 1999, Plant-It 2000 is looking at performing even more reforestation events worldwide. Our interest is in picking reforestation projects which not only help the environment but also have direct impact on saving and improving people's lives. The projects mentioned are only a small sample of some of our recent activities and partnerships. For example, we recently planted 10,000 trees in Ecuador, reforested a city park in Toronto, Ontario, planted trees in three parks in the greater Denver area via sponsorship by Albertsons Supermarkets, planted tens of thousands of trees sponsored by Nissan Canada in devastated areas throughout Canada and worked with tens of thousands of schoolchildren in Putnam Valley, New York; Woodstock, Georgia; Howards County, Maryland; Kersey, Colorado; Kent, Washington; LaMar County, Georgia; Ocean County, New Jersey and throughout Florida. In 1999, with your continued support, we will continue to perpetuate and replenish people's lives along with the forests.

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