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Give the planet a tree for Christmas.

By Sarah Bond

Buying your holiday cards from the National Arbor Day Foundation could make a seedling very happy on Christmas morning. With their Give-A-Tree greeting cards, a tree is planted in a national forest for every card purchased, tying directly into the foundation’s goal of inspiring people to plant and care about trees while providing card-buyers a chance to give a lasting, environmentally friendly gift. Cards cost $5.95 and are available for occasions ranging from birthdays to Arbor Day itself, which falls on April 25 in 2008.

Another way Texans can contribute is by planting their own trees. The most popular trees suitable for hardiness zone 8 (the largest hardiness zone in Texas) are the Colorado blue spruce, white pine and Korean boxwood. Mark Derowitsch, public relations manager for the foundation, said Texas plays a big part in the national group.

“The number of currently active members from Texas is nearly 36,000,” Derowitsch says. Texan members have helped plant over 328,000 trees throughout the state.

Since 1990, the Arbor Day Foundation has helped the U.S. Forest Service plant more than 7 million trees in national forests. For more information on the Arbor Day Foundation or to purchase a card, visit <arborday.org>.

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