PGA printer donates trees

In the lead up to the recent, hugely successful, PGA Championship event at Kohler Company’s Whistling Straits, Sheboygan County officials received a surprising call. Lexmark, a printing and software solutions company, asked if the County would have a location to plant 450 donated trees. Lexmark is the official Imaging and Printing Solutions Provider of The PGA of America and it is estimated that at the recent Whistling Straits event over 200,000 documents were printed. To help offset that environmental impact, Lexmark donates trees to be planted in the local communities where PGA events occur. They typically donate the labor to help plant the trees as well, but due to the timing of the event, and our local climate’s best times for planting, the County instead planted the trees on November 11. The 450 tamarack trees were planted at a County wetland mitigation site that was required for one of the airport runway expansions that impacted wetlands. As part of the mitigation process, the County is required to meet a certain survival rate on the trees it plants over a defined period of time. To help meet that requirement, the County has to plant trees from time to time at the mitigation site. Therefore, the donated trees will not only help offset the event’s environmental impact, they will also save the County money from having to purchase additional trees for its mitigation requirements.

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