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Forest Service Chief Pitches in to Help Plant Trees

Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell recently threw out the first pitch at a Potomac Nationals baseball game during their Forest Service Night Out in Woodbridge, Va.

The event publicized the Break a Bat/Plant a Tree partnership between the Potomac Nationals—a Class A Advanced Affiliate of the Washington Nationals—and the Forest Service.

The agreement calls for a tree to be planted on the George Washington-Jefferson National Forest for each bat broken during Potomac Nationals home games. Through the first 17 home games this season, 18 bats have been broken at Pfitzner Stadium – a pace that could mean 80 trees planted after the season.

This follows the partnership between Major League Baseball and the Forest Service’s Forest Products Lab in Madison, Wis., which is focusing on making the game safer. Since the partnership began in 2008, there has been a 50 percent reduction in broken bats in ball games during the last three seasons.

For information about participating in the tree planting ceremony or in the Break a Bat/Plant a Tree effort, contact the Forest Service at 1-800-832-1855

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell throws out the first pitch at a Potomac Nationals game to publicize the Forest Service’s “Break a Bat/Plant a Tree” partnership. U.S. Forest Service photo.

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell throws out the first pitch at a Potomac Nationals game to publicize the Forest Service’s “Break a Bat/Plant a Tree” partnership. U.S. Forest Service photo.

2 Responses to “Forest Service Chief Pitches in to Help Plant Trees”

  1. Kerry R. Hubble says:

    Well done Tom, We are planting trees also to restore this land for the Wildlife in Whitefish Montana Area
    http://www.salishwildlifecorridor.com/
    Come vist us some time. Kerry
    or have Chip Weber give us a helping hand ?

  2. Asheville Tree Service says:

    Its great to see parts of communties pitching in to make a difference for our wild life. Kudos!

    -Tony Salmeron
    Asheville Tree Service

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