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Va. furniture maker donating seedlings

Thursday - 12/8/2011, 11:25am  ET

GALAX, Va. - Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co. has purchased 150,000 seedlings from the Virginia Department of Forestry as part of the Galax company's sustainable forestry program.

Forestry officials say the Galax-based maker of adult bedroom furniture has donated 750,000 seedlings since 2007. The company's 1-4-1 program plants one seedling for every tree it fells for furniture. The latest batch is heading to planting projects on private and public lands next spring.

Vaughan-Bassett chairman John Bassett says the company makes nearly all of its furniture in Virginia and North Carolina factories and is committed to an environmentally responsible ethic.

The Department of Forestry says Virginia has nearly 16 million acres of forestland.

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