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Going Green

Arvin Sango Inc. recruits dozens
of volunteers to plant trees

Second annual event designed to plant
5,000 trees at the plant's site



(June 2015) – For a second year, volunteers from Jefferson County, Ind., are being asked to help Arvin Sango Inc. plant several thousand trees as part of a global initiative started by its parent company, Sango Inc., in Japan, to improve the environment and reduce greenhouse gasses.
From about 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 6, Arvin Sango employees will work with volunteers to plant 5,000 trees in areas surrounding the plant at 2905 Wilson Ave. and Hutchinson Lane. That’s in addition to 4,500 trees planted during a similar event last year.
Marketing specialist Josh Gollihue said a total of 40,000 to 50,000 trees will be planted on the property over the next several years. “In 15 to 20 years, you won’t be able to see the buildings.”

Most of the trees planted this month will be white and red oak, but also will include different varieties of maple, along with hickory, elm, tulip, dogwood, black cherry and sassafras, Gollihue said. Additionally, burning bushes and azaleas will be planted to fill in where needed.
All of the trees are being grown from saplings and the site prepared for planting by Turner Nursery on Clifty Drive.
Plantings will be done in 85-foot-by-135-foot blocks; each block will have a trained group leader to help ensure the trees are planted properly.
In all, 400-500 volunteers will be needed to complete the project. The company has reached out to local 4-H clubs and Hanover College to recruit volunteers. And anyone from the public is welcome. The day will include a cookout lunch and family friendly activities, including a nature fair, face painting, and a performance by a local school choir.
“We are making it an event for everyone,” Gollihue said. “It’s just a few hours on a Saturday morning. It should be a good time.”
Sango Inc. started the tree-planting project in Japan back in 2006, after the company’s president watched a television show featuring biologist Akira Miyawaki, Ph.D., who has overseen numerous reforestation projects worldwide since 1970.
Since then, Sango brought the project to 10 locations in Japan and three locations in China, and to its locations in Turkey, Thailand, Indonesia, and here in Madison. Now 85, Miyawaki earned the Blue Planet Award from the Ethecon Foundation in Germany in 2006 for his promotion of using indigenous trees in reforestation projects using native deciduous trees, particularly along Japan’s coastline to prevent future devastation from tidal waves, like the one that struck the northern section of the main island in 2011.
Gollihue said Miyawaki has overseen the planting of an estimated 40 million trees in 1,700 areas around the world.

• For more information, visit www.asievent.com. To volunteer, email: asitreeplanting@arvinsango.com or call (812) 273-8147.

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