WTVP - President & CEO
May 2009 - Support a Seedling
Photo of WTVP Retired CEO MChet Tomczyk
Chet Tomczyk
Chet Tomczyk - President & CEO, (retired 2014)

WTVP is thinking green-now and for the future-and we invite you to join our Support a Seedling effort.

To keep the weeds down, WTVP has rotated corn and soybean crops on the property surrounding our broadcast tower in East Peoria. Now, thanks to a marvelous suggestion from Brad Harding of Trivoli and follow-up research by Karl Stach of Hanna City, we will forego the usual crops and instead plant black walnut and other varieties of seedlings as a long-term legacy for the area and the station.

Our intent is to plant at least 700 seedlings this spring, and more in subsequent years. The seedlings will be purchased with the help of contributions from friends like you, and the planting will be done by volunteers. These seedlings/trees will have the positive short-term effect of preventing release of additional hydrocarbons into the air by doing away with annual plowing, planting and harvesting; a positive mid-term effect by scrubbing the air of CO2 and releasing oxygen as they grow; and they will provide a long-term legacy when the trees are ready for harvest.

A contribution of $25 per seedling will help to purchase and maintain the plantings. Each contribution will be noted in a virtual "tree nursery" set up in a special area on our website. Virtual "plaques" and certificates will be created to honor you or someone you designate. These can be printed by you and shared with those you choose to honor. The progress and growth of the trees will be tracked over the years, and we will keep you apprised via email of how they are growing.

Support a Seedling is an excellent way to sustain two of your favorite things: public television and the environment. And, it is an environmentally friendly way to make a long-term, living tribute to yourself or that special someone in your life.

To sponsor your seedling(s), call 309-677-4747. Please use your credit or debit card. All transactions and acknowledgements will be done on the web to keep things green.

Chet Tomczyk
President & CEO, WTVP (Retired 2014)

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