REI Donates To “Trees Across Raleigh”

November 24, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) — Trees Across Raleigh, Inc., is pleased to announce that REI Corporation has donated $5000 to the non-profit organization’s efforts to improve the City of Raleigh’s appearance by planting trees in public spaces.

REI representatives presented the check to Trees Across Raleigh at the organization’s Fall tree planting held November 1 at Nash Square in downtown Raleigh.

A volunteer and donation-based non-profit organization, Trees Across Raleigh has been planting trees in the Capital City since 1997. Working with the Raleigh Parks & Recreation Department, over 4300 Trees Across Raleigh volunteers have planted more than 8000 trees in public rights-of-way, medians and parks at a value of over $1 million.

REI is one of the largest retailers of outdoor gear and clothing in the United States. The company donates millions of dollars and thousands of hours to nonprofit organizations in communities across the country every year.

REI has been a strong corporate sponsor for Trees Across Raleigh for the last four years, providing both financial aid and volunteer support.

For more information on Trees Across Raleigh, visit http://www.treesacrossraleigh.org.

For more information on REI’s community outreach and environmental stewardship, visit http://www.rei.com.

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Developer Launches “The Oaks Tree Renewal Program” with Trees Across Raleigh, Inc.

May 7, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) – Grubb Ventures, developer of The Oaks at Fallon Park residential neighborhood in Raleigh’s historic Five Points area, has promised to donate $100 to Trees Across Raleigh, Inc. for every new home sold within the development, beginning this month.

Trees Across Raleigh is a volunteer organization that holds tree plantings in public places around Raleigh twice a year. Founded 11 years ago, the organization’s mission is to enhance the City’s appearance for the benefit of all residents.

The Oaks at Fallon Park was the first neighborhood development submitted to the City of Raleigh under the new Tree Conservation Plan, a comprehensive conservation ordinance that established standards for preserving trees on lots that are two acres or larger, occupied or vacant. Grubb Ventures worked with the City to identify the most desirable trees on the property for conservation and committed to planting over 189 new street trees, representing an investment of $275,000. The developer calls this effort “The Oaks Tree Renewal Program.”

Grubb Ventures also worked with Parker’s Landscaping Services, Inc., to develop a list of suggested native trees for homeowners who would like to include a “Renewal” tree in their landscape plans.

“We believe the addition of native trees will increase property values, help to conserve energy, provide sound buffers and be a lasting benefit for the neighborhood and surrounding areas for many years to come,” said Gordon Grubb, president and CEO.

For more information on Trees Across Raleigh, visit http://www.treesacrossraleigh.org. For more information on The Oaks at Fallon Park, go to http://www.oaksatfallonpark.com.

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Making Raleigh A Little Browner: “Trees Across Raleigh” Set To Spread Mulch In Pullen Park

March 21, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) — Trees Across Raleigh, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the City of Raleigh’s appearance, fostering greater community pride, and promoting economic development by planting trees throughout the city, will sponsor “Spring Day in the Park” in Pullen Park on Saturday, March 29th starting at 9 a.m.

Organizers explained that the city’s current drought condition precludes its annual tree-planting event. Instead, volunteers will spread mulch to help the park’s existing trees withstand the dry conditions. Trees Across Raleigh will provide tools, gloves and refreshments.

Now in its 11th year, Trees Across Raleigh began in 1997 after Hurricane Fran destroyed so many of the city’s trees. The first planting project took place along Glenwood Avenue near Five Points to plant Chinese elms, oaks, and crape myrtles along the median from the Wade Avenue interchange north to The Circle.

Since then, over 3500 volunteers have planted more than 7000 trees in public rights-of-way, medians, and parks at a value of over $930,000.

Other Trees Across Raleigh plantings have improved the appearance of New Bern Avenue near Wake Medical Center, Millbrook Exchange Park, Fletcher Park, Chavis Park, Marsh Creek Park, Method Road Park, Biltmore Park, and Pullen Park. The annual spring planting was held this year in Honeycutt Park in North Raleigh.

Trees Across Raleigh, Inc. is a non-profit organization that works with Raleigh’s Parks & Recreation Department. For more information, visit http://www.treesacrossraleigh.org, or call 919-571-7937.

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