Two companies are helping Virginia with tree seedlings that will be planted throughout the state, according to the Virginia Department of Forestry.
Madison-based Plow and Hearth has donated 110,000 tree seedlings for planting in spring. Since partnering with the Virginia Department of Forestry in 1991, Plow and Hearth has donated more than 2.6 million trees that help clean air, protect waterways and enhance the quality of life statewide, according to a news release.
"Plow and Hearth cares deeply about the community and has a tremendous track record in this regardm," says forester Jack Kauffman.
"The company's 'Planting Two For One' program donates two tree seedlings for every one used in the production of its catalogue. The Virginia Department of Forestry gets the donated seedlings into the hands of private landowners, schools and other groups so that they can be planted each spring. The trees absorb carbon dioxide; prevent pollutants from fouling our waterways; provide shade in the summer; are esthetically pleasing year 'round, and provide more than 5,000 forest products we use every day. It's a terrific partnership!"
The 1-4-1 Program is the brainchild of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co. Chairman of the Board John Bassett who has been a pioneer in the sustainable forest products movement. The company donates one tree seedling for every tree it harvests for use in the manufacture of its adult bedroom furniture.
"We are proud to be a partner with the Virginia Department of Forestry and of our role in helping our environment. We make 99 percent of our furniture in our Virginia and North Carolina factories, so we feel a special responsibility to make our bedroom furniture in the most environmentally responsible way that we can. The 1-4-1 Program is the key to us fulfilling that obligation," Bassett says.
The Virginia Department of Forestry will get the donated seedlings into the hands of forest landowners, schools and other groups so that they can be planted in the spring. These trees will absorb carbon dioxide; prevent pollutants from fouling our waterways; provide shade in the summer, and are esthetically pleasing year ‘round. They also provide more than 5,000 forest products we use every day.
With nearly 16 million acres of forestland and more than 144,000 Virginians employed in forestry, forest products and related industries, Virginia forests provide more than $27.5 Billion annually in benefits to the Commonwealth.