New Hampshire Motor Speedway is proud to be part of NASCAR's Green Clean Air Tree Planting Program delivered by UPS. As part of this program, trees will be planted across the country to absorb carbon emissions equivalent to all of the racing in NASCAR series for the entire season.
Because of the two NASCAR weekends in July and September, New Hampshire Motor Speedway has received 90 trees for distribution in the community. The trees were specifically grown by The Arbor Day Foundation and chosen for the region in which they will be planted.
Seventy-five of the trees will be shipped to Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine. Camp Sunshine is a one-of-a-kind, year-round camp on the shores of Sebago Lake that offers the only program in the nation whose sole mission is to address the impact of life-threatening illnesses on children and immediate family members.
"We are delighted to see that NASCAR has partnered with New Hampshire Motor Speedway to make this contribution to Camp Sunshine and so many other worthy charities throughout the nation," said Matthew M. Hoidal, executive director of Camp Sunshine. "These trees will complement our magnificent 24-acre campus for years to come, and to the delight of the children and families who come here for much-needed respite and support."
Camp Sunshine was selected because of its relationship with the New Hampshire Chapter of the Speedway Children's Charities.
"This is such a great program and we are privileged to be a part of it," said Cheryl LaPrade, director of the SCC N.H. Chapter. "To involve Camp Sunshine, which does tremendous work for families dealing with hard times, it's just such a blessing. This is a wonderful gift that will last for generations moving forward."
The saplings arrived at Camp Sunshine earlier this week and will be planted on the grounds next spring.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway received the remaining 15 trees, which will be planted on the more than 520 acres of permanently protected conservation land located throughout the 1,200-acre facility. These habitats provide natural environments for many species of animal and plant life native to the state.