March 28, 2013
Volunteers are needed by a Quad Cities based environmental group to help with an ambitious program. Thursday through Sunday, Living Lands and Waters will wrap hardwood seedlings for its Million Trees Project.
Project coordinator, Ashley Stover, says the group's founder, Chad Pregracke, started the project in 2007 when he planted a nursery in Beardstown Illinois. The first trees were given away the next year, and this spring they'll reach the halfway point - having given away or planted 500,000 trees.
The seedlings are distributed in 9 states, and Stover says you can see the results already - one example is along Highway 84 in Hampton, near Illiniwek Park. Other trees have been planted in Des Moines and Peoria.
The purpose is to promote diversity along midwestern rivers and streams, provide food and shelter for wildlife, and prevent erosion and runoff. She says Living Lands and Waters has orders for 125,000 trees this year, including from several school districts and cities in the Quad Cities, and private land-owners. Volunteers are needed, Thursday through Sunday from 9 am until 5 pm at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island. All ages are welcome and jobs range from un-folding newspapers to loading trucks.