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RAIN BIRD SUPPORTS ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION’S EFFORTS
TO RESTORE GALLATIN NATIONAL FOREST

Donation of a thousand trees will help rehabilitate
Montana forest devastated by wildfires

TUCSON, Ariz. (July 22, 2013) In 2006 and 2007, wildfires consumed nearly 300,000 acres of Gallatin National Forest in south-central Montana. Now, Rain Bird is assisting the Arbor Day Foundation in its efforts to rehabilitate Gallatin National Forest by donating the funds for a thousand trees.

"Rain Bird's contribution to our efforts will help benefit people for many generations to come," said Nick Kauffman, corporate partnership manager for the Arbor Day Foundation. "We are pleased to work with them on this project, and we hope that Rain Bird's support encourages other likeminded individuals and organizations to join us in helping replenish our national forests, provide wildlife habitat for endangered species and protect important water sources."

The thousand trees that were purchased with Rain Bird’s support include Douglas firs, Ponderosa pines and Whitebark pines. The Arbor Day Foundation spearheaded efforts to plant these trees at Gallatin National Forest in June 2013.

“Because they provide beauty and recreational opportunities, and even the oxygen we breathe, our national forests are vital to our well-being,” said Colin Roberts, director of Rain Bird’s irrigation accessories division. “Rain Bird has spent years developing and enhancing irrigation technology—like our RWS Root Watering System—that supports the establishment of young trees. While efficient water use and conservation remain top priorities for us, we believe helping the Arbor Day Foundation restore Gallatin National Forest is yet another important way that we can serve as environmental stewards.” 

To learn more about the Arbor Day Foundation’s efforts to replant our national forests, visit http://www.arborday.org/replanting/. For more information about Rain Bird and its many products for landscape, golf and agricultural irrigation, including the RWS Root Watering System, visit www.rainbird.com or call 1-800-RAIN BIRD.

ABOUT THE ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION:

The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org, or by visiting us on Facebook at facebook.com/arborday or Twitter at twitter.com/arborday.

ABOUT RAIN BIRD CORPORATION:

Headquartered in Azusa, Calif., Rain Bird Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services. From simple beginnings in 1933, Rain Bird now offers the industry's broadest range of irrigation products for farms, golf courses, sports arenas, commercial developments and homes, available in more than 130 countries. Rain Bird has been awarded hundreds of patents, including the first in 1935 for the impact sprinkler. Rain Bird’s philosophy called The Intelligent Use of Water™ is about using water wisely. Its commitment extends beyond products to education, training and services for the industry and the community. Rain Bird maintains state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities around the world. www.rainbird.com.

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