8 million trees planted (U-T San Diego)

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By Mike Lee

Originally published September 5, 2012 at 12:01 a.m., updated September 4, 2012 at 7:28 p.m.

SAN DIEGO — San Diego-based Plant With Purpose on Tuesday announced that it had reached a milestone by planting 8 million trees worldwide.

For more than 25 years, the nonprofit group has helped to alleviate rural poverty through community development projects that integrate reforestation, sustainable farming, microfinance and leadership development.

Today, Plant With Purpose works in more than 250 communities in six countries: Burundi, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, Tanzania and Thailand.

“When trees are cut, soil, which is life for a poor farmer, erodes at a rate of 75 times faster than forested land,” Scott Sabin, executive director of Plant With Purpose, said in a statement. “We have had the great privilege to witness thousands of lives immeasurably changed by restoring essential productivity to the land through reforestation.”

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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