I don't mean to brag or anything, but I planted a tree this morning.
And no, I did not have to soil my clothes to do it. I didn't even have to leave the office.
Thanks to a program offered by Odwalla, I was able to do this kind and benevolent deed without actually leaving my desk and it only took about 20 seconds.
I am telling you this because you too can feel extra special good about yourself by planting your own tree this morning. Read on:
Colorado State Parks
For immediate release: May 31, 2011
Odwalla® Teams with Colorado State Parks for Greener Future
DENVER — Plant a tree at a Colorado State Park with just a few clicks of your computer mouse. Join Colorado State Parks and the Odwalla Plant-a-Tree Program, which gives Colorado residents and park visitors the opportunity to help plant a tree in a state park this summer, without sweating or getting dirty.
Here’s how it works: Odwalla will donate $1 toward the purchase of a tree in a state park when participants “vote” for the state of their choice. Odwalla has designated $100,000 for this program in all 50 states. Visit www.odwalla.com/plantatree and select Colorado as the state where you want to plant a tree.
Do your part to help Colorado Stay Green. Vote soon and spread the word to family and friends through Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Fans of Colorado’s state parks are urged to respond quickly because the program is popular, funds are limited and 49 other states will be vying for a share of the funds.
To help demonstrate the need for these trees, Steamboat Lake State Park’s manager Julie Arington, with the assistance of senior ranger Brent Lounsbury, put together a short video highlighting the damage that has been caused at Steamboat Lake State Park and Pearl Lake State Park by the mountain pine beetle. A total of 7,100 infested trees have been cut down in those two parks at a cost of approximately $170,000 to protect visitors.
Trees donated to Colorado State Parks will reforest areas devastated by the pine beetle epidemic such as Steamboat Lake and Pearl Lake, and will also be used to improve wildlife habitats and create wind breaks at other state parks throughout Colorado.
“Our Colorado State Parks benefit from this program and we hope all residents and state park visitors will participate to help the parks restore the areas damaged by the pine beetle epidemic,” said Matt Schulz, forest management coordinator for Colorado State Parks. “This program is very important to our reforestation programs and to our ongoing efforts to provide quality habitat for wildlife.”
The Odwalla Plant a Tree program launched on May 30, but funds will go quickly so vote early and often. The species of trees donated will vary by region and will be planted in the fall of 2011 and in early 2012.
Colorado State Parks get everyone outdoors! Attracting more than 12 million visitors per year, Colorado's 42 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado's economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 224,447 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado State Parks is a leader in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, protecting the state’s favorite landscapes, teaching generations about nature and partnering with communities. Colorado State Parks also manage more than 4,300 campsites, and 63 cabins and yurts. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit www.parks.state.co.us.