– Laura Bush joined Enterprise Rent-A-Car Chairman and CEO Andy Taylor, National Arbor Day Foundation Founder and President John Rosenow, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns, and U.S. Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth to launch the Enterprise Rent-A-Car 50 Million Tree Pledge.Enterprise Rent-A-Car announced an unprecedented gift to The National Arbor Day Foundation to commemorate the company’s 50th Anniversary: Enterprise will underwrite the planting of 50 million trees over the next 50 years at a total cost of $50 million in today’s dollars. The Enterprise Rent-A-Car 50 Million Tree Pledge partners The National Arbor Day Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service with Enterprise in a long-term commitment to help restore public lands that are badly in need of reforestation. The ceremonial first trees of the Pledge — several small White Pines — were planted by Mrs. Bush and the Pledge partners to officially launch the program. The trees will be planted permanently in the Mark Twain National Forest in southern Missouri. Each year for the next 50 years, with funding provided by the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation, The National Arbor Day Foundation will work with the U.S. Forest Service to plant 1 million trees in National Forests around the country. These trees will help forests affected by natural disasters and disease, as well as rebuild and preserve habitats for endangered species. The grant also will fund tree-planting initiatives in international locations where Enterprise does business, including Europe and Canada.The first trees of the 50 Million Tree Pledge already have been planted in several National Forests including:
Alabama: William B. Bankhead National Forest — Longleaf Pine Restoration
Oregon: Fremont-Winema National Forests — Post-Fire Restoration
Michigan: Hiawatha National Forest — Kirtland’s Warbler Habitat
Colorado: Pike & San Isabel National Forests — Post-Fire Restoration
California: Six Rivers National Forest — Post-Fire Restoration
Canada: Lillooet, British Columbia — Post-Fire Restoration
The first European planting project is scheduled for year two of the project. The remaining 2007 planting projects will be announced in conjunction with National Arbor Day in Apr. 2007.