For seven years the Forestry Action Committee has brought together government, local businesses, landowners and volunteers to help reforest privately owned riparian areas along the Illinois River. In the 8th year American Forests pitched in to support the planting of conifer and hardwood trees. The project was a huge success, with 20,714 trees planted on 123 properties. 175 citizens representing 35 different community groups, school groups or businesses volunteered to plant trees. 6 educational plantings also took place where students were informed about tree planting and then were given the chance to plant trees. These entirely volunteer driven tree plantings will increase bank stabilization, improve habitat for threatened and endangered salmon, reduce stream temperatures, provide better air quality, sequester carbon, create wildlife habitat, enhance awareness of watershed and fishery issues, create a sense of stewardship for land owners and encourage cooperation in a sometimes polarized former logging community. Numerous organizations were involved in the project, including 31 groups, agencies and businesses who donated supplies to the project and the Rogue Valley Council of Governments, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Rough and Ready Lumber Company who also provided funding.
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