Project Plant It! Expands to 18 States
Project Plant It! - the free environmental education program created by Dominion Energy to teach kids about the important role of trees in the ecosystem- was expanded this year to a total of 18 states, including the Carolinas.
Now in its 13th year, Project Plant It! will ship 75,000 tree seedlings free-of-charge to participants in time for Arbor Day plantings on April 26. The program is available to groups serving children and teens of all ages and grade levels. Schools, scout troops, civic and church groups, environmental clubs and other entities that work with youth are all eligible to register and request tree seedlings each year. The deadline to register this year was Feb. 15, 2019.
"Project Plant It! promotes environmental sustainability, especially when the redbud seedlings are planted in areas to prevent soil erosion," said Rebecca Musso, a teacher at T. Benton Gayle Middle School in Stafford County, Va. "A pond on our school grounds is located downhill from our sports fields, so our students planted several redbud seedlings at the base of the hill to reduce pollutants entering the pond. Thanks to Dominion Energy and Project Plant It!, we're helping to restore the natural habitat of the pond and we're looking forward to doing another project like this in 2019."
Project Plant It! was established by Dominion Energy in 2007 to educate children, plant trees and improve the environment. The tree seedlings are grown and shipped to participants in April by the Arbor Day Foundation, a longtime partner with Dominion Energy. From 2007-2019, more than 560,000 tree seedlings will have been distributed to children in states where Dominion Energy operates. According to the Virginia Department of Forestry, this equates to about 1,400 acres of new forest if all of the seedlings are planted and grow to maturity.
Third-graders at Greenwood Elementary School in Glen Allen, Va., learn about planting redbud tree seedlings with help from Suyapa Marquez, senior community affairs representative at Dominion Energy.