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About the Plant-A-Tree E-Plan

Our nation’s forests provide wood for our homes, habitat for wildlife, clean air, and drinking water for millions of us. They give us awe-inspiring beauty and places for hiking, biking, fishing, and camping. For more than 3 years, YEP Energy has been providing customers a simple way to help forests and protect our wildlife and the environment, through its partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation.

YEP has partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to enable you to make a direct impact in the reforestation and conservation effort. For each month of energy service for each meter under a YEP Plant-A-Tree Plan, a tree will be sponsored by YEP and then planted through the Arbor Day Foundation. That’s 12 trees per year for each meter at your home or business. Your enrollment in this plan allows you to make a positive impact on our great outdoors simply through your daily routine!

 

 

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What can one tree do?
“Forests slow the rain and sediment that runs off the land, and filter out sediment, nutrients, and pesticides before they reach the water.” 1
“Sediment pollution on the Bay harms grasses, oysters, and fish. Forest buffers help trap particulate pollution before it enters the water. Trees and the organically rich forest soils are able to store vast amounts of nutrients and fertilizers, thereby preventing nutrients from contributing to pollution in the Bay. Clearing an acre of forest can increase nitrogen pollution entering nearby creeks by nearly 400 percent.” 2
“Leaves and limbs that fall into the water provide food and habitat for aquatic insects and microbes that form the basis of the aquatic food chain. Trees along the water provide important nesting habitat and traveling corridors for songbirds and other wildlife. Woody debris that falls into streams provides cover for fish as well as creates pools and riffles that increase the diversity of habitat structure for fish. A tree canopy helps to shade water which, in turn, helps maintain dissolved oxygen levels and cool temperatures vital to some species.” 3
About the Arbor Day Foundation
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org, or by visiting us on Facebook at facebook.com/arborday or
Twitter at twitter.com/arborday.

1 As reported in http://www.thechesapeakebay.com/new_trees.shtml, April 26, 2010.
2 http://www.treesatlanta.org/treefacts.aspx
3 http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd/newsletter/urbantrees.htm.
* “Plant-A-Tree Plan" is a registered Federal Trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. All Rights Reserved
**Donation totals are cumulative amongst the YEP family of brands.