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Packers help donate 750 trees to 19 area municipalities

7:02 AM, Apr. 25, 2013  |  Comments
City of De Pere workers Kenny LaPlante, left, and Gary Nabielski load trees onto a truck at Meacham Nursery on Wednesday as part of the Green Bay Packers First Down for Trees program.
City of De Pere workers Kenny LaPlante, left, and Gary Nabielski load trees onto a truck at Meacham Nursery on Wednesday as part of the Green Bay Packers First Down for Trees program.
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Green Bay area communities are getting gifts of the green variety this week through the Green Bay Packers' First Downs for Trees program.

Now in its third season, the team donated at least one tree for each of the 341 first downs recorded during the 2012 regular season. Overall, about 750 trees will be planted in 19 municipalities across the region. The program seeks to limit the impact of the carbon emitted from Packers' charter flights to road games.

The Packers donated $16,000 this year to the cause, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. The state agency partners on the effort with Wisconsin Public Service Corp. and the U.S. Forest Reserve, which also donates to the project through a grant.

On Wednesday, public workers from several communities picked up trees - including oaks, elms, hawthorns and locusts - from Meacham Nursery, 2226 Brown County C. Other nurseries that benefited from the donation include McKay Nursery in Waterloo, Midpark Nursery in Fond du Lac and Silver Creek Nursery in Manitowoc.

Green Bay representatives are set to pick up about 150 trees today from Meacham Nursery.

The Packers recorded 353 first downs during the 2011 regular season, compared with 312 in 2010.

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