Province of Sewanee Purchases Grove of Trees
Environmental mitigation for use of paper
at the Episcopal Church General Convention

Two months ago, the Minnesota Episcopal Environmental Stewardship Commission issued an
invitation to help offset the tremendous use of paper at General Convention by purchasing a tree. The
Commission plans to plant the purchased trees in Nerstrand Big Woods State Park, located about 60
miles southeast of the Twin Cities.

Province IV of the Episcopal Church, which includes 20 diocese in the most Southeast 17 states in the
Country, has responded in a remarkable way: each diocese in the Province has contributed a total of
$6,480, which will purchase 36 trees!

"The Environmental Stewardship Commission is delighted to hear of the generous action of Province
IV," said the Reverend Tom Harries, a member of the Commission who drafted the initial challenge.
"Their donation gets us off to a terrific start. We hope that others will be inspired by their example.
On behalf of the Minnesota State Park system, the Nerstrand Big Woods State Park, and especially
the creatures who live and the people who visit there, the commission gives thanks to God for this
gift of an entire grove of trees."

The new trees will be designated as the "Province of Sewanee Grove, Planted in 2003 as an Act of
Stewardship for God's Creation."


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