WARWICK, Rhode Island – Despite popular belief, the printing industry actually plants more trees than it harvests. Facts show that supporting print on paper provides landowners with the financial incentive to keep America's woodlands safe from development and managed in a sustainable manner to contribute important ecosystem benefits such as water, wildlife and carbon sequestration.
According to the American Forest & Paper Association states, roughly 600 million trees are planted every year by the paper and forest products industry, surpassing the amount harvested – approximately 3 trees for every 1 harvested.
Locally, Minuteman Press Providence-Warwick is taking an active role in planting trees. The printer has selected the Rhode Island Tree Council in support of the environmental organization’s largest volunteer event of the year, the 2012 Arbor Day Celebration.
For every order placed with Minuteman Press Providence-Warwick in March and April, the printer will donate one dollar to the non-profit organization and its Arbor Day event.
On April 28 beginning at 9am, the Rhode Island Tree Council will lead the Arbor Day event at the Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Exeter, Rhode Island to recognize the importance of trees. Volunteers will plant fifty saplings along the cemetery’s main road including pin oak, red oak and tulip trees. Another seventy-five existing trees will be mulched along the planting route. The project goal is to add beauty and canopy to an area of the cemetery that needs improvement.
Tree care professionals will be on hand to provide advice on plant identification, insect avoidance and disease prevention. Volunteers are welcome and invited to bring pruning tools, rakes, and shovels to help reforest the cemetery.
For more information about the donation program, contact Minuteman Press Providence-Warwick via email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Rhode Island Tree Council
At the urging of the State Forester a small group of citizens formed the Rhode Island Urban and Community Forestry Council (RIUCFC) in 1991.Within two years, the group had developed a mission statement, organizational by-laws and Board of Directors structure for administering the council. The stated mission, unchanged to this day, is to create healthy urban and community forests, which underpin the state’s verdant ecological tapestry, to support its vibrant economy, and to enrich the lives of all Rhode Islanders.
The RIUCFC held the first Conference on Urban and Community Forestry in Rhode Island in 1993, now an annual event attracting hundreds of attendees. By early 1994, it applied for and was granted non-profit 501(c)3 status by the Internal Revenue Service. The following year the Board unanimously voted to adopt the current organizational logo and to change the organization’s name to the Rhode Island Tree Council (a.k.a. RITree ).
Since 1995, RITree implemented numerous programs and activities for enhancing the public’s awareness for the benefits and values of trees, partnering with the RIDEM-Division of Forest Environment, and the United States Forest Service to meet this challenge.
About Minuteman Press Providence-Warwick
Owned by Karen Fraielli and Valerie Chanoux, Minuteman Press specializes in business communications printing, document management technology, and consumer print production. The Providence location of Minuteman Press opened on Westminster Street in 1987 then moved to the corner of Orange and Pine Streets in 2005. Fraielli and Chanoux have been owners since 2002. The Warwick location on Jefferson Boulevard opened in 1993 and the women purchased this location of the business in 1999. The company is a member of the Women’s Resource Network (WRNRI).
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