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Toyota and community leaders kick off 2008 tree planting

Left to right: Neil C. Blais, mayor of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.; Dr. Shankar Basu, president and CEO of Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc.; Jennifer Boettcher, program manager of the Arbor Day Foundation (Lincoln, Neb.); and L. Anthony Beall, councilman of Rancho Santa Margarita lend a hand at the Toyota-sponsored volunteer tree planting at the Oso Lake Reservoir in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. on April 5, 2008.   More than 100 volunteers, comprised of Toyota associates, along with scouts and unit leaders from all over the Orange County Council of the Boy Scouts and representatives from the Arbor Day Foundation, worked to plant 100, 24-gallon, 8-foot-tall trees at the Oso Lake Reservoir which is home to the O.C. Council of the Boy Scouts and supports other non-profit associations.

Toyota first partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation in 2006 with the goal of helping reforest America.  Since then, 20,000 trees have been planted in national forests that have been damaged by wildfires, insects and disease. In 2008, the company increased its commitment to the Arbor Day Foundation and will plant a tree for every lift truck sold this year, which is estimated to result in an additional 30,000 trees being planted in early 2009.