Plattsburgh, NY, Apr 10, 2013 — Clarinetist Michele Von Haugg is on a mission to save a very important tree for a lot of musicians. She grew up near Saratoga Springs and is the founder of Clarinets for Conservation. Von Haugg will give a concert in Plattsburgh on Saturday night at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts. Todd Moe talks with her about efforts to save the African Blackwood Tree, or 'Mpingo, in Tanzania. The wood is used to make musical instruments, like the clarinet.
Over a the last few years, Von Haugg and other clarinetists, have raised money to travel to Africa to teach music and plant hundreds of trees. She says the 'Mpingo wood is durable and very valuable.
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