April 20, 2013
Alcoa Employees Plant Trees at Flight 93 National Memorial
Pittsburgh, PA – Today, as part of the partnership between Alcoa Foundation and the National Park Foundation, more than 50 Alcoa (NYSE: AA) employees volunteered alongside Pennsylvania Governor Tim Corbett to commence the Plant a Tree at Flight 93 reforestation project at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA.
A $255,000 grant from Alcoa Foundation to the National Park Foundation is helping to plant 150,000 native tree species at the 2,200-acre site. The reforestation is an essential feature of the memorial's design intended to symbolically create a living memorial and to develop an environmentally sustainable model national park.
Plant a Tree at Flight 93 is a major effort over multiple years to restore a former reclaimed mine site and cultivate a memorial landscape. This year, more than 600 volunteers will help plant approximately 15,000 seedlings over a 23 acre plot to establish a windbreak for the memorial groves planted nearby. An estimated 350,000 people will visit the memorial each year.
“Alcoa Foundation is proud to partner with the National Park Foundation to create a place where visitors can learn about the history of Flight 93 and honor the men and women who lost their lives in Shanksville,” said Paula Davis, President, Alcoa Foundation. “Beyond our contribution, Alcoa employees wanted to be a part of this important memorial. Rejuvenating the land for future generations sends a powerful message about hope and resilience that we hope all visitors will take away.”
This partnership is part of Alcoa Foundation’s Ten Million Trees Program, for which the goal is to plant 10 million new trees by 2020 in regions where Alcoa operates around the world. By December 2012 the half way mark was reached with more than 5 million trees planted in 24 countries with the help of many Alcoa employees around the world.
About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$460 million. Founded 60 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$570 million since 1952. In 2012, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than US$21 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow’s leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company’s signature Month of Service program, in 2012, a record 60 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,050 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 450,000 people and 2,050 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.alcoafoundation.com and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.
About The Flight 93 National Memorial
On September 24, 2002, President Bush signed into law the Flight 93 National Memorial Act. The Act created a new national park unit to commemorate the passengers and crew of Flight 93 who, on September 11, 2001, courageously gave their lives thereby thwarting a planned attack on our nation’s capital. The memorial is near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed with the loss of its 40 passengers and crew. For more information about the Flight 93 National Memorial, please visit www.nps.gov/flni. For information on how to make a donation and help build the memorial, go to www.honorflight93.org.