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Earth Day Group Plants 1M Trees With Help From ‘Avatar’ Sales

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Director James Cameron attends the 20th Century Fox & Earth Day Network's 'Avatar' Tree Planting Event on April 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)

Director James Cameron attends the 20th Century Fox & Earth Day Network’s ‘Avatar’ Tree Planting Event on April 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Earth Day Network says it has exceeded its goal of planting one million trees worldwide, including several here in Los Angeles.

The Washington-based group announced Wednesday that 1,006,639 trees were planted on six continents last year by 31,000 individuals with 17 partner organizations. The network says the plantings were made possible with support from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and its Avatar Blu-ray and DVD.

“Avatar” director James Cameron planted the first tree in April in Brazil. The effort also included planting more than 500,000 trees in Haiti to help reforest degraded hillsides, provide fruit and biodiesel fuel. Trees were also planted in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles, providing urban tree canopies to improve air quality and provide cooling, energy-saving shade.

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