In 1994, EPA Subtitle 'D' required cities in Oklahoma to either comply with strict regulations on landfills operations or to close their landfills and use EPA approved sites. Several communities closed their landfills, which were covered with topsoil and planted to grass. Four communities involved in this process agreed to plant trees on these closed landfills, including Clinton, Cordell, Thomas and Weatherford. The city of Atlus will still have an operating landfill, and trees here will create a visual barrier. Each city provided the acreage to plant on, prepared the site for planting and will be in charge of the overall maintenance of the site. At all sites trees will help to prevent soil erosion, increase wildlife habitat, utilize rainfall that would otherwise leach through landfill to cause potential water problems, and establish tree cover in Western Oklahoma where few wooded areas exist. In 1995 61,000 trees were planted on 290 acres. Many organization were involved in this project, including the Great Plains RC&D, an AmeriCorp Environmental team, Oklahoma Forestry Service, Deercreek, Jackson, Custer and Washita Conservation Districts, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Oklahoma Dept. of Environmental Quality.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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