News from the DNR Office of Communications

Odwalla® Teams With Maryland State Parks For Greener Future

The Odwalla Plant a Tree Program Allows Marylanders to Donate Trees, Free of Charge, to State Parks

Annapolis, Md. (June 3, 2011) - Maryland residents don’t need to get down and dirty this summer to help plant trees for their State Park system. With the ease of a mouse click, visitors to www.odwalla.com/plantatree can designate a tree to be planted in Maryland through the Odwalla Plant a Tree program – a partnership to support the environment and help with important reforestation and planting initiatives.

From June 1 through August 31, 2011, each individual can plant a tree by simply visiting www.odwalla.com/plantatree and clicking on Maryland. No contribution is required.

Odwalla is donating $100,000 worth of trees to be planted across the country through the program. Each state’s tree allotment is determined by where website visitors choose to plant trees. The trees will be used to support reforestation projects in Maryland. The species of trees donated will vary by region and will be planted in fall 2011 and early 2012.

“The Odwalla Plant a Tree program is very important to our beautification and reforestation efforts in Maryland State Parks,” said Maryland Park Service Superintendent Nita Settina. “We hope all Maryland residents go to the website to ensure our state parks receive the maximum number of trees.”

Since its inception in 2008, the Odwalla Plant a Tree program has donated $350,000 worth of trees nationwide.The program is the latest 2011 initiative by Odwalla to support the environment. Odwalla recently transitioned all of its single-serve bottles to PlantBottle™ packaging, made from up to 100 percent plant-based materials, and also completed the installation of Bloom Energy fuel cell technology at its Dinuba, CA packaging facility, which reduces the plant’s carbon footprint by an estimated 35 percent.

About Odwalla

Odwalla, Inc. delivers nourishment coast to coast with the Odwalla family of juices, juice drinks, smoothies, protein drinks, and nourishing food bars. Odwalla has been making juices and innovating in the natural health beverage category for 30 years. Its nourishing beverages and food bars are available in natural food stores, select supermarkets and specialty outlets throughout the country. To learn more about Odwalla products and Odwalla’s commitment to the environment, please visit www.Odwalla.com or call 1.800.ODWALLA. Also follow Odwalla on Facebook and Twitter (@Odwalla).


   June 3, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly a half-million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov