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News Release
For immediate release For more information contact:
September 26, 2011 Plum Creek:
Mark Doty (207) 453-2527 or (207) 399-0512
Appalachian Forest Heritage Area:
Phyllis Baxter (304) 636-6182 or (304) 636-2467

Plum Creek Foundation Teams Up with Appalachian Forest Heritage Area to Plant 2,000 Trees

LEWISBURG, W. Va. – The Plum Creek Foundation recently awarded a grant for more than $5,800 to the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area (AFHA) to help purchase Red Spruce seedlings and tree-planting equipment for a volunteer effort that planted nearly 2,000 new trees. The effort helped replace the dying hemlock impacted by the Hemlock Woolly Adeigid.

Planting Red Spruce under stressed hemlock

The Red Spruce seedlings were planted along the waterways of the Gauley River near Slatyfork, W.V., on Plum Creek property. To demonstrate sustainable forestry practices, volunteers also helped illustrate the many useful products and ecosystem benefits that result from conservation and sustainable forestry.

“We were very excited to go forward with this effort and get the community involved,” said Phyllis Baxter, executive director for the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area. “Thanks to the support of the Plum Creek Foundation, we can really stress how important it is to conserve and support forestland. Sustainable practices are vital to the future of our forests.”

Additional funding for this project was provided by the National Forest Foundation. Nearly 20 volunteers from AFHA, AmeriCorps, Davis & Elkins College and Plum Creek, as well as other local community members participated in the planting effort.

AFHA Grant Check Presentation

“This was a unique collaborative community effort that we wanted to support,” said Mark Doty, community affairs manager for Plum Creek’s Northern Hardwood Region. “Events like this help educate people about sustainable forestry and the benefits of the industry, while also helping enhance a special area in the forest for the enjoyment of generations to come.”

Planting Red Spruce Seedlings

The Appalachian Forest Heritage Area is a regional, grassroots effort to integrate central Appalachian forest history, culture, natural history, products and forestry management into a heritage tourism initiative to promote rural community development. To learn more about AFHA, please visit

The mission of the Plum Creek Foundation is to provide philanthropic contributions to support and improve the general welfare of life in the communities that Plum Creek serves. The Foundation board meets quarterly to review applications submitted from organizations in the company’s operating communities. Visit the Community Involvement page on Plum Creek’s website at to download an application.

Plum Creek is the largest and most geographically diverse private landowner in the nation with approximately 6.7 million acres of timberlands in major timber producing regions of the United States and wood products manufacturing facilities in the Northwest. For more information, visit


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