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03 08 2009 Planting 7

“Plant your Roots in Greece” Foundation continues reforestation efforts

Chicago,  30.10.2008

The Chicago-based Greek-American “Plant your Roots in Greece” Foundation continues the reforestation efforts in the burned regions of Attiki, and in the prefectures of Thessaloniki, Halkidiki, Magnesia, Messinia and elsewhere.

The not-for-profit foundation will undertake reforestation initiatives during the new planting season. With a donation of $20,000 will participate in the tree-planting initiative undertaken by the prefecture of Thessaloniki in the burned region of Assiros, while a tree-planting project in the archaeological site of Vergina and in Kassandra, Halkidiki Peninsula, is being prepared in cooperation with the “Friends of Green” organization. Tree-plantings are also scheduled to take place in Diakopto and Egio, Achaia Prefecture, in Volos, Ancient Olympia and Mt Penteli.

Last September, the foundation had donated roughly $60,000 worth of firefighting vehicles and equipment to the association “Friends of Taygetos” to be placed at the disposal of the local firefighting force in Kalamata.

Meanwhile, the Kalamata Forestry Agency has given permission to the Foundation to proceed with the planting of 40,000 young trees in Taygetos, a $50,000 project.

The Chicago-based “Plant your roots in Greece” Foundation was established in 1991 and now operates under the auspices of SAE and the Hellenic American National Council. It is very active since 1999 under the presidency of SAE USA Regional Coordinator Theodore Spyropoulos and has organized tree-plantings in several regions in Greece.

Source: ANA MPA

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