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Lutsen Couple Launches Tree Planting Non-Profit: Let’s Plant Trees

LUTSEN, MN — Lutsen residents, Carrie and Mike Nicklow, are pleased to announce the establishment of their new 501(c)(3) non-profit, Let’s Plant Trees. This venture was inspired by their shared commitment to reforestation and addressing the pressing is­sue of climate change.

The idea took root last year when the Nick­lows purchased 500 tree seedlings, with the intent of planting them on their own proper­ty. As spring approached, they realized that successfully planting such a large number of seedlings would require assistance from their community. Rather than limiting the project to their own property, they decided to distribute the majority of the seedlings to friends and neighbors along the North Shore, and included instructions to recipients to en­sure successful plantings. The response to the seedling giveaway was overwhelmingly pos­itive, and led Carrie and Mike to the idea of launching Let’s Plant Trees.

Let’s Plant Trees is built on a straight-for­ward yet powerful concept: we can all combat climate change by planting more trees. Com­plementing other climate management strate­gies, tree planting is a logical step toward ab­sorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The Arbor Day Foundation reports that a ma­ture tree can absorb about 48 pounds of car­bon dioxide annually, while releasing oxygen in return—that is the equivalent to absorbing the emissions from burning 4 gallons of gas. It’s clear; planting trees is good for all of us, and our future.

The primary mission of Let’s Plant Trees is to make tree seedlings accessible to home­owners and property owners for small-scale planting projects. Additionally, Let’s Plant Trees plans to collaborate with other organi­zations to contribute to larger-scale reforesta­tion efforts. Let’s Plant Trees offers guidance on species selection, sourcing tree seedlings, and provides comprehensive planting in­structions, advice, and volunteer support. They recognize the need to increase our planting and reforestation efforts and believe that, with the right information and planting support, they can boost tree seedling success rates. This is why they offer detailed, prac­tical, and timely information on tree species that can thrive in a changing climate, and guidance on when and where to plant them.

In May, Let’s Plant Trees formally estab­lished itself as an entity, and in August, they achieved 501(c)(3) non-profit status from the IRS.

Recently, they obtained approval to list the charity on Give to the Max Day, a Minnesota initiative that supports non-prof­its in their fundraising efforts.

You can find Let’s Plant Trees’ organization page at www.givemn.org/organization/Lets-Plant-Trees.

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