Magazine article American Forests

Springing into a 20 Million-Tree Effort

Magazine article American Forests

Springing into a 20 Million-Tree Effort

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AMERICAN FORESTS recently received a helping hand-lots of little ones, actually-from Oregon elementary students as it celebrated the 5 millionth tree planted in a Global ReLeaf Forest. That tree, a bigleaf maple planted in the Applegate watershed in Grants Pass, Oregon, puts AMERICAN FORESTS one-quarter of the way toward the goal of its Global ReLeaf 2000 campaign-to plant 20 million trees and increase urban tree cover through the year 2000.

81 Projects Underway

The Global ReLeaf Forests program restores damaged lands by developing tree planting and environmental improvement projects that would not be feasible otherwise. So far, 81 projects are underway in 34 states. The early spring planting, part of a more than 16,000-tree effort to protect the Applegate watershed and restore areas damaged by a massive New Year's Day flood, was a celebration of community partnership and stewardship.The project is one of 21 sponsored by specialty retailer Eddie Bauer. Local partners include the federal Bureau of Land Management, Applegate River Watershed Council, and the Applegate Partnership. A total of 50,000 trees have been planted on 100 private properties within the watershed to stabilize riverbanks and restore storm-damaged land, thanks to additional funding from Oregon's Watershed Health Program and the efforts of community volunteers and businesses. …

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