Milestone Planting Day will restore Houston park devastated by Hurricane Harvey
LINCOLN, Neb., April 16, 2018 – This spring, the Arbor Day Foundation and Boise Paper will celebrate the 10th planting day event of Project UP™, a partnership to revitalize neighborhoods across North America through tree planting. Project UP turns abandoned and neglected urban spaces into clean, green neighborhood gathering places where families and individuals can come together, relax and thrive.
Boise Paper launched Project UP in 2011 as a way to demonstrate how a commitment to sustainability could breathe new life into communities in need. To date, hundreds of Boise Paper employees, partners and community members have volunteered to plant thousands of trees, shrubs, and plants at transformational projects in California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Ontario, Canada.
"We are proud to partner with Boise Paper on Project UP," said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Project UP continues to serve as an example to other corporations across the country as a model for giving back and helping improve the parks that are so important to helping these communities thrive."
The 10th milestone project will take place this spring at Buffalo Bayou in Houston, Texas. In 2017 the city of Houston was devastated by Hurricane Harvey. It is estimated that tens of thousands of trees were lost during the storm. Flood waters were so high for so long, that many trees were sitting in water for more than a week. Project UP will help restore the tree canopy of Buffalo Bayou Park which was completely destroyed by the hurricane.
"Project UP gives us an opportunity to live our Paper with Purpose promise," said Paul LeBlanc, vice president of Boise Paper at Packaging Corporation of America. "We've been honored to work with the Arbor Day Foundation over the years, coming alongside our neighbors and helping to lift up communities in need. As we prepare to launch our 10th planting day event in Houston, I am reminded once again that even the greatest challenges can be overcome when we face them together."
In addition to Project UP, Boise Paper has also provided support for the Arbor Day Foundation's NeighborWoods Month and Alliance for Community Trees, which also puts trees into high areas of need in local communities.
About the Arbor Day Foundation
Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters, and valued partners. During the last 46 years, more than 250 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger.
As one of the world's largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees. More information is available at arborday.org.
About Boise Paper
Boise Paper is a division of Packaging Corporation of America, headquartered in Lake Forest, IL. They manufacture a full line of office papers including copy, multipurpose, inkjet, laser, and colors, as well as printing and converting papers. They also offer recycled content options across all product lines. Their high quality products provide consistent, reliable results and are proudly made in the USA. Through their Paper with Purpose promise, Boise Paper is committed to finding relevant and meaningful ways to impact social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Keep current with news and event at www.BoisePaper.com.