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Special to the News Dec. 13, 2023

Need gifts or stocking stuffers? 

Sponsor native plant(s) in the WIN Fast Forest - a gift that keeps on growing, for a few hundred years

         (What's the Fast Forest you say? See below and  )

We’ll add your name - or the recipient name(s) you specify - onto our Donor list.And we will send you a pretty, giftable card with mailing-envelope, one per donation you designate. The cards make great stocking stuffers, too! 

1.     Click here

2.     Choose an amount.

3.     In the “note or comment’ section, please tell us how many cards, the recipient name(s), and your snail-mail address.

4.     Recipient name(s) go onto a permanent list on the Fast Forest website, and we mail you your cards to share with them!

 $25 for one plant, 5 for $100, 30 for $500 

         (Donations to the Fast Forest are tax deductible) 

 The WIN Fast Forest 

Wanna help pollinators and lots of native critters for hundreds of years? Help us plant a bit of mature native forest.  

Why forest? Cuz plants are the base of the food pyramid. Trees are big and sturdy; they feed and shelter a lot of critters; they last a long time.

We’re planting 1600 woody plants with over 500 trees in 6,000 square feet at Wright-Locke Farm. By supercharging the soil and mulching heavily, we get the plants to grow fast. So fast, we’ll have trees taller than you in two years. And we’ll have mature forest in 20 years instead of the 150 it usually takes here.

39 plant species, 16 of them trees. Why so many? Because most insects are specialized to eat just one or a few plants. And because so very many critters eat insects. Lots of insects. One clutch of black-capped chickadees needs some 7,000 caterpillars to fledge; a hummingbird needs up to 2000 insects per day for her young. 

Please pitch in. Watch your donation grow – and know it will keep growing for a few hundred years. 

We thank you. The chickadees thank you. The planet thanks you!

In any case, we wish you and yours happy holidays and a healthy new year


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