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SAE Plant Your Roots Campaign Proceeding With Work

May 06, 2008-National Herald from ANA_MPA

The “Plant Your Roots in Greece” Foundation is planning new tree planting initiatives in October scheduled to take place in the regions of Lykouri-Loutra Agia Paraskevi, Athens and at the archaeological site of Vergina, northern Greece, in cooperation with the Forestry Division in Kassandra, Halkidiki, and the Friends of Green Association.

Tree plantings will continue in the region of Mt. Penteli and in other regions in the greater Athens area, such as Mandra and Kalyvia, in cooperation with the Independent Reforestation Movement and the Municipality of Penteli.

The foundation’s objective is to hold tree plantings in the regions of Evros, Pilio, Evia, Achaia, Arcadia, Ilia, Lakonia, Messinia and Crete.

During the recent visit of Education Minister Evripidis Stylianidis to Chicago, Plant Your Roots in Greece Foundation President and SAE USA Regional Coordinator Theodore Spyropoulos suggested that the tree planting initiative be included as a community service project in Greek schools nationwide.

In the previous planting season, the foundation created a park in the northern Greek region of Serres, and completed the second phase of the tree planting in the archaeological park of Dion, Pieria, while it was also participated in a number of tree plantings in the region of Kalamata, southern Greece, in cooperation with local organizations. Expatriates from Messinia living in the US and Canada have raised roughly $150,000 for the region’s reforestation.

The Plant Your Roots in Greece Foundation also intends to purchase water wagons to meet irrigation and fire extinguishing needs on Mt. Taygetos in the Peloponnese, while an effort is underway to form a body of volunteers from the United States and Greece to undertake tree plantings and be involved in tree care and protection.

The Chicago-based not-for-profit Plant Your Roots in Greece Foundation was founded in 1991 and operates under the auspices of the World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) and the Hellenic American National Council.

The foundation has offices in Athens, and since 1999 it has undertaken reforestation initiatives in several regions throughout Greece.

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