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WKQS Radio: Interfaith EarthKeepers interviewed about planting 12,000 trees for Earth Day 2009

The interfaith Upper Peninsula EarthKeepers will plant 12,000 trees for Earth Day 2009 at about 100 churches and temples across northern Michigan.
The public is invited to an Earth Day 2009 blessing of the trees ceremony at 3:30 p.m. at Presque Isle in Marquette, Michigan.
The bishops and other leaders from ten faith traditions will plant and bless an approximately five foot tree.
The majority of the trees will be planted in two weeks due to the cold weather.
"The EarthKeeper project this year is one where people from across the Upper Peninsula will see tangible results of their earth stewardship," said Gail Griffith, EarthKeeper Implementation Team co-chair. "I hope that congregations involve their young people in their planning and planting."
The trees "will be wrapped individually in a plastic bag with planting instructions," said Carl Lindquist, SWP executive director.
The EarthKeeper team includes ten faith traditions with over 150 participating churches/temples, the nonprofit Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP), the nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute (CTI), and the Northern Michigan University (NMU) EarthKeeper Student Team.
Founded in 2004, the Earth Keeper Covenant has been signed by the bishops/leaders of ten faith communities: Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, United Methodist Church, Unitarian Universalist, Baha'i, Jewish, Zen Buddhist and the Quakers.
On May 2 church members will pick up trees at local conservation district offices.
On May 3, the 12,000 12 to 16 inch White Spruce and Red Pine trees at over 100 locations assisted by the NMU EarthKeeper Student Team and other volunteers.