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08/13/2010 10:19 AM ET
Minnesota Twins Announce Tree Planting Ceremony with Bert Blyleven
Twins and Minnesota DNR celebrate "Break a Bat, Plant a Tree" success with tree planting on Friday, August 13.
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Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. - The Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that former Twins pitcher and current TV analyst Bert Blyleven will join Deputy Director of Parks and Trails Forrest Boe for a tree planting ceremony at Luce Line State Trail today, Friday, August 13 at 11:00 a.m.

The tree planting ceremony will celebrate the success of Break a Bat, Plant a Tree, a new partnership between the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota State Parks and Trails that promotes outdoor recreation and environmental responsibility. Every time a Minnesota Twins pitcher breaks the bat of an opposing player during the 2010 season, Minnesota State Parks and Trails will plant 100 trees in one of the 73 Minnesota State Parks and recreation areas or along one of the 21 Minnesota state trails.

Currently 130 bats have been broken to make for 13,000 trees planted. The Twins expect to plant 16,000 to 20,000 new trees on Minnesota state parks and trails as a result of Break a Bat, Plant a Tree.

"We appreciate the opportunity to work with the Twins to raise awareness about forest restoration projects underway at Minnesota state parks and trails through the new Break a Bat, Plant a Tree program," said Forrest Boe, Deputy Director of the Parks and Trails Division of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

"As a former pitcher, I love the sound of broken bats! I also love that every time one of our pitchers 'saws' off an opponent's bat that trees will be planted in a Minnesota State Parks or Trail. It will help ensure Twins Territory remains healthy and vibrant. Now let's break some bats and plant some trees," said Bert Blyleven, Twins Alumni and Broadcaster of FOX Sports North.

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The Minnesota Twins organization believes our future success-both on and off the field-is built on a business model that embraces operational efficiency, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. We honor the power of sport by leading through example, and we will continue to use sport to inspire, build the best fan experience and cause no unnecessary harm, working with our fans, community, suppliers, partners and employees to have a positive influence in the world.

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