Monday, March 18, 2013

Sandy's cedar forest damage helps young boat builders

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Hurricane Sandy left so much damage behind that it's hard to keep up with accounts
of the storm's human and environmental toll. Maybe that's why a story in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer makes you feel so good.

Staffer Edward Colimore writes:
William S. Haines Jr. knew what he wanted to do when he saw hundreds
of Atlantic white cedars blown down by megastorm Sandy on his land in Chatsworth, Burlington County.
He'd restore the forest by selling the highly sought-after wood and turn a negative into a positive.
Then Haines learned of another restoration effort by an organization that uses wood to build young lives - and decided to donate cedar trees to the cause.
The Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, an educational nonprofit in the city's Frankford section, teaches boat-building classes to underperforming and economically disadvantaged high school students to help them develop problem-solving skills and character.
"This is a great project for those who don't have the same opportunities that we've had," said Haines, who oversees the largest cranberry operation in New Jersey and one of the top five in the country. "This seemed like an easy thing to do."
Just five paragraphs in, you determined to keep reading, since you're pretty sure you'll like the outcome.

You will.  Read the entire piece here.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Alejandro A. Alvarez

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