Volunteers to Plant 6,000 Longleaf Pines Along Gulf Coast in Three States

    CINCINNATI, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ --

    TREE2 Longleaf Pine Seedling Planting Ceremonies
    Thursday, December 4
    10 a.m.
    Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, Alabama

Thousands of new longleaf pine seedlings will be planted this week as part
of an effort to restore the natural habitat along the Gulf Coast, thanks to
the TREE2 outreach arranged through an Ohio-based business in partnership with
educators and volunteers.

Public parks and preserves that once boasted tall, thick forests of the
native trees are targeted for restoration during the first week of December
and in January, as some 6,000 six-inch young trees will be planted by a corps
of volunteers in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

First scheduled is the Alabama planting, on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Graham
Creek Nature Preserve in Foley, Ala., and Thursday, Dec. 4, at Gulf State Park
in Gulf Shores, Ala.. Ceremonies are slated to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at
the Gulf State Park site.

Volunteers from Fairhope (Alabama) High School will plant 2,000 seedlings
at the two locations in that state, under the direction of Margaret Sedlecky,
Environmental Resources Teacher for Baldwin County Schools.

The TREE2 program, sponsored by American Modern Insurance Group of
Cincinnati, was conceived as a dual-purpose conservation project. During the
spring, the company promoted its paperless billing and payment system to
policyholders, who enthusiastically signed up for the opportunity to “help
save a tree.” Customers who signed up were eligible for the company’s TREE2
Honor Roll, with a new seedling planted in each customer’s name.

“We’d planned this program as part tree conservation, and part tree
restoration,” said Natalie Green, Public Relations Manager for American
Modern. “Hurricanes over the years have almost completely destroyed stands of
the Gulf Coast’s longleaf pines. We felt this area of the country was the
logical place to start, considering the high profile losses delivered by
hurricanes such as Katrina in 2005. There have been multiple projects to
restore homes and businesses, and that is naturally a paramount concern.
Helping to bring back an environment destroyed by catastrophic weather events
has become our signature green initiative, a complementary step in the total
restoration effort.”

American Modern has joined its efforts to a number of organizations to
complete the three-state planting program. Green cited in particular Mark J.
Hainds, Research Coordinator for the Longleaf Alliance, an affiliate of Auburn
University. “Mark Hainds and his organization have been instrumental in
scheduling, logistics and educating us to the ways of the longleaf pine,”
Green said. “We’re indebted for the alliance’s dedication and help with this

For details on the TREE2 program’s goals, visit

“American Modern has always been the company that continues to work for
its customers after the claim is paid,” noted Senior Vice President Dennis
Robich. “TREE2 fills an important need in an area that is typically
challenging to insurance providers. A company can hardly make a much more
altruistic contribution than that.”

About American Modern Insurance Group

American Modern Insurance Group, founded in 1965 and headquartered in
Cincinnati, Ohio, is a provider of specialty insurance products and services.
American Modern specializes in writing physical damage insurance and related
coverages on manufactured housing and has expanded to other specialty
insurance products including coverage for site-built homes, motorcycles,
watercraft, snowmobiles, recreational vehicles, classic autos, and other
products. American Modern serves 1.3 million policyholders nationwide, and is
licensed in all 50 states. Additional information on the company can be found
at http://www.amig.com.

American Modern and its parent, The Midland Company, were acquired by
Munich Re America of Princeton, New Jersey, in May of 2008.

[Via http://www.prnewswire.com]


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