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Donation will pay for new tree plantings

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A community program that has planted more than 1,000 trees in Louisville has received $25,000 for new trees in western Louisville.

Louisville Brightside has partnered with Brown-Forman to plant trees around the city since 2001.

The liquor giant recently donated the money for new the plantings near its campus in downtown Louisville. The areas targeted by the program include the Russell neighborhood and the area around the African American Heritage Foundation Center.

The program also attempts to educate about the value of tress by placing door hangers at nearby homes with tips on how to care for the trees.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has proposed planting 10,000 new trees citywide. Private donations are leveraged against $250,000 appropriated in the city budget for new tree plantings.

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