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Print a Forest

By Staff | Apr 3, 2012

Spring has sprung, and thoughts turn to planting: gardens, flowers, grass, and trees. On the last Friday in April-April 27-we celebrate Arbor Day. According to the National Arbor Day Foundation, Arbor Day was founded in 1872 in the relatively treeless, Great Plains state of Nebraska.

On the first Arbor Day, April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted. Today, Arbor Day is celebrated across the United States and throughout the world.

Recently, I received a press release from the Arbor Day Foundation announcing the Print a Forest program. The Print a Forest software can be downloaded easily by anyone and used to help replant much-needed trees in national forests throughout the United States.

According to the press release, users can download the free Print a Forest software, available at www.printaforest.com. For every sheet of paper you print out, brands will sponsor each page. Revenue from the sponsorship of each branded footnote goes directly toward the planting of trees. For every 100 pages printed, one tree will be planted.

“This software gives people the chance to offset printing when reducing or eliminating printing is not an option,” said Joe Miller, founder of Print a Forest. “Our software allows anyone to transform the paper they print into a forest of newly planted trees with our reforestation partner, the Arbor Day Foundation.”

“This creative partnership with Print a Forest will bring direct benefit to our nation’s forests in terms of improved wildlife habitat, clean water and beauty for generations to enjoy,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.

The planting of trees in national forests will be completed as part of the Arbor Day Foundation’s continued partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters, and the National Association of State Park Directors.

Talk about thinking outside of the box! What a great innovative idea.