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Going Green for Palm Sunday

April 1, 2009

This Sunday, about 300 million palm fronds will be used in U.S. churches in observance of Palm Sunday. The palm fronds are harvested in tropical areas, where they provide a source of income for families; protecting the tropical forests as well as the harvesting jobs requires a delicate balance between retaining a market for the palm fronds and encouraging sustainable harvesting practices. A University of Minnesota expert who can talk all things palms is:
Dean Current, University of Minnesota Forest Resources research associate

Current is involved in the effort to promote use of ecologically sound palms and can discuss how tropical communities are using responsible management practices to earn higher prices for the their palms. Many Minnesota churches now buy the eco-palms directly. Current is director of the universitys Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management. 

To interview this expert, contact the University News Service, (612) 624-5551.

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