SRP to plant 5,800 trees to celebrate Cardinals record, restore forests

SRP to plant 5,800 trees (photo by SRP)

SRP to plant 5,800 trees (photo by SRP)

Congratulations to the Arizona Cardinals on clinching the NFC West division with a spectacular regular season. Along the way, the Cardinals scored a franchise, record-breaking 58 touchdowns.

As a result of their 58 touchdowns, Salt River Project will plant 5,800 trees to help restore Arizona National Forests destroyed by fire.

For the past three seasons, SRP has pledged to fund the planting of 100 Ponderosa Pine trees for every Cardinals’ touchdown scored during regular season play through the Trees for Change program, according to a press release.

The program is funded by SRP and SRP customers who have pledged an additional $3 or more to their monthly bill – with one tree planted for every dollar that is donated. Plus, SRP matches customer dollars up to $160,000. So far, more than 4,000 customers have joined the program.

Since 2009, SRP’s Trees for Change program has supported substantial and important reforestation projects on Arizona’s National Forests.

In six years, the program has supported the planting of more than 868,000 native trees in some of the most devastated forests in the country, the release stated.

As the frequency and occurrence of severe wildfire has risen in the past decades, Arizona’s National Forests have been hit especially hard.

2011’s destructive Wallow Fire illustrates that these forests are still susceptible to massive wildfires. Through this innovative partnership with the National Forest Foundation, SRP and their customers are on their way to repairing the damage by planting one million trees.

“The Trees for Change program is a great way for our customers to join SRP in revitalizing the forests and habitats for native wildlife. And thanks to the Cardinals’ winning season, there’s another reason to cheer,” stated Lori Singleton, director of Emerging Customer Programs for Solar, Sustainability and Telecom, in the release. “The efforts of our team and customers will restore and protect the watershed that provides water for Valley residents.”

(photo by SRP)

(photo by SRP)

Forest land devastated by fire causes erosion and sedimentation that can end up in streams, rivers and reservoirs that supply the drinking water residents depend upon in the Phoenix metro area.

During their lifetime, the trees also remove carbon dioxide from the air, store carbon in plant tissues and produce oxygen, thereby helping to decrease the impacts of global warming. Newly planted trees also help reestablish important forest habitat that many Arizona wildlife species depend on.

SRP is the third-largest public power utility in the nation, serving more than 1 million electric customers in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, the release stated. SRP is the largest provider of water to the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, delivering about 800,000 acre-feet annually to agricultural, urban and municipal water users.

Sign up for Trees for Change at www.srpnet.com/trees

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