Orbridge Announces Reforestation Initiative
Education travel company committed to planting 100,000 trees in 2019
Orbridge, a premier provider of educational group travel, has announced a plan, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource (WDNR), to plant 100,000 trees in 2019 throughout the state’s forests and other DNR-owned lands.
“As a travel company, we understand and appreciate the environmental impact that we have,” said Jim Staples, founder and president of Orbridge. “We take seriously and are committed to our global responsibility to help minimize our footprint. This reforestation program is our biggest undertaking to-date towards accomplishing this goal.”
Orbridge’s reforestation program will kick off this spring, with a majority of the trees being planted by summer.
“Wisconsin DNR lands have over 1.5 million acres with reforestation needs across the state. The donation from Orbridge will help meet the reforestation and afforestation needs on Wisconsin’s State Forests and provides a great example of an effective partnership to manage Wisconsin’s State Forest for current and future generations,” said Teague Prichard, WDNR Division of Forestry, State Lands.
Reforestation has been proven to have positive impacts to jumpstarting forest recovery, including halting soil erosion, providing habitat, improving air quality, and helping to mitigate the effects of global climate change.
According to Staples, Orbridge hopes to bring similar reforestation programs to other states in the future as well as grow its evolving sustainability efforts, which include a dedication to recycling and using recycled materials, minimizing printing and other activities that produce materials that may be tossed away, and working with partners that practice similar dedication to minimizing environmental impacts.
Celebrating over a decade in the industry, Orbridge, which is headquartered in Washington state, offers more than 20 travel programs throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Africa, featuring itineraries that focus on natural history, wildlife, culture, and cuisine.
A complete listing of Orbridge travel experiences including full program details is available at orbridge.com/destinations. Those interested in available travel dates and placing a reservation should call (866) 639-0079.
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