Thanks to UPM’s global Plant-a-Tree initiative, eighth-grade students in Madison planted 500 trees along the Kennebec River at the Madison Boat landing on May 10. Several community partners came together for the event, including the Maine TREE Foundation, Kohl’s Department Stores and Plum Creek Timber Co.
“We are pleased to have this opportunity to work with the students, and the plantings we do today will enhance and protect the beauty of the shoreline along the Kennebec River for many years to come,” said Dan Mallet, UPM Madison manager of sustainability.
Sherry Huber, executive director of the Maine TREE Foundation, welcomed the students saying, “We are excited to be part of this celebration and thrilled that the students are here. The Maine TREE Foundation’s mission is to educate and advocate for the sustainable use of the forest and one of the ways we achieve this is through partnering with the forest community to sponsor school events such as this.”
Twenty five eighth grade science students, led by their teacher, Kathy Bertini, not only participated in the tree planting but walked to and from the riverfront site, a distance of more than two miles. The were led in the planting of 500 white pine trees by Mark Doty, community affairs manager from Plum Creek Timber Co.
“The students did a wonderful job,” Doty said. “It is rewarding to see the students learn and to leave their lasting legacy to the future.”
The UPM Plant-a-Tree initiative is being celebrated at sites in several countries including China, Germany, the United Kingdom, Finland, Estonia, Uruguay and Russia. These events not only provide the opportunity to plant trees, but to educate school students and the communities about the importance of sustainable forestry, biodiversity, renewable resources, ecology and much more.