Kinder Morgan marks Arbor Day with seedlings for students

Kinder Morgan, owners of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, presented over 500 tree seedlings to Susquehanna Community Elementary students in honor of Arbor Day. From left: Principal Robert Keyes, Haley Hyndshaw, Airyll Rockwell and Kinder Morgan spokesman Allen Fore. STAFF PHOTO/STACI WILSON

Kinder Morgan, owners of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, presented over 500 tree seedlings to Susquehanna Community Elementary students in honor of Arbor Day. From left: Principal Robert Keyes, Haley Hyndshaw, Airyll Rockwell and Kinder Morgan spokesman Allen Fore. STAFF PHOTO/STACI WILSON

BY STACI WILSON

Five hundred new trees.

That’s what Kinder Morgan- owner of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline – hopes will be planted by the Susquehanna Community elementary students to mark this year’s Arbor Day.

Kinder Morgan spokesman Allen Fore was on hand at the school Thursday to deliver the pine tree seedlings. Trees were sent home with the elementary students on Arbor Day, Friday, April 26.

Fore said the company was distributing about 3000 trees across seven counties and in two states.

“This is the fist time we’ve done this as a company,” Fore said. “I hope it’s something we emulate across the country.”

Kinder Morgan is headquartered in Houston, Texas, and has operations across the United States.

Fore remembers receiving a tree on Arbor Day when he was a grade-school student, he told two Susquehanna Elementary students. He said he planted the tree and has enjoyed watching it grow from a seedling into a full-size tree.

And, he said, that’s what he hoped happens with the students’ trees, too.

“It’s a good way for the kids to see the value of these things and give them a broader picture of the environment,” Fore said.

The donation of the seedlings is just one way Kinder Morgan connects to the youth.

The company also has a foundation that offers grants in communities where it operates. The grants are awarded to support nonprofit youth programs that focus on education, the arts and the environment. More information about the foundation and the grants available can be found at www.kindermorgan.com