First Annual Martin J. Chavez Tree Giveaway

5,000 Trees for the Urban Forest
Albuquerque, NM (March 10, 2007)- Albuquerque’s trees are very important to Mayor Martin Chavez, and, during March, he and Tree New Mexico are giving away 5,000 trees to Albuquerque citizens to promote the urban forest. Mayor Chavez is holding the giveaway to encourage Albuquerque residents to plant trees, which help reduce carbon in the atmosphere. In June 2006, Mayor Chavez adopted the 2030 Challenge as a goal for Albuquerque. The Challenge stipulates that by the year 2030, Albuquerque will be carbon neutral. These trees will help the city reach that goal.

Trees Store Carbon
* Trees have an amazing ability to offset human carbon emissions.
* The average person in America generates approximately 2.3 tons of carbon dioxide every year.
* An average healthy tree stores about 13 pounds of carbon annually.
* An acre of trees can store 2.6 tons of carbon annually.
* A single mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 pounds per year and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support two human beings.
* 300 trees can offset the amount of air pollution one person produces in a lifetime!
Trees are Valuable
The baby trees being planted now will grow in value as they grow in age and size. They play an instrumental role in expensive problems like stormwater reduction, energy conservation, and cleaner air.
Also join Mayor Chavez as he plants Tree New Mexico’s Millionth Tree. Tree New Mexico is a local non-profit that partners with neighborhood associations, schools, Scout troops, government agencies, and other community groups to educate the public on the importance of trees. Seventeen years ago, Tree New Mexico started an effort to plant one million trees across New Mexico. On March 17, 2007, the group will celebrate the planting of it’s one millionth tree! The group plans to celebrate the accomplishment of its goal by launching a new program called Plant a Million More. Great work, Tree New Mexico!
Related Resources:
2030 Challenge
Tree New Mexico
Plant a Million More Campaign