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WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING TREE ORDERS FOR 2013, HOWEVER WE STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS TO HELP US PREPARE THEM!
2013 will mark the handout of our 500,000th tree! We are halfway to our goal of planting a million trees!!
Would you like to volunteer for the MillionTrees Project in March of 2013?! Click here for more information.
The MillionTrees Project was initiated in 2007 to help further our mission to protect, preserve and restore the natural environment of our nation’s major rivers and their watersheds. Our mission is to not only clean up the riverways, but to also enhance the watershed by planting native trees and removing invasive plants.
In 2007 we started collecting and planting acorns with a goal of growing one million trees within the next 5-10 years. After two to three growing seasons, the trees are harvested and replanted within towns and cities that have joined in our efforts.
Why is this project important?
Over the last 150 years there has been a decline in tree diversity along the shorelines of the Midwest’s mightiest rivers as hardwood trees (such as oaks, hickories, pecan, paw paw, etc.) have been depleted for fuel and building materials, and by flooding and disease. Everyone assumes that there is an abundance of wildlife on the river, but many species have nearly disappeared because of the absence of food as the trees that currently exist on the river have little or no food value for wildlife.
The MillionTrees Project will only plant trees that produce nuts and fruit so that ducks, songbirds, squirrels, wild turkeys, etc. have a viable food source. These strong hardwoods also create a wonderful habitat for wildlife and nesting birds.
The roots of trees act as filters. Especially when planted along waterways, these roots can help reduce the amount of pollution and run-off entering our creeks, rivers, and streams.
Trees grow long and strong roots in order to keep them in place. These same roots also help keep the ground in place and reduce erosion.
Diversifying the current makeup of trees along our shorelines and in our communities increases the opportunities for beneficial wildlife and insects to live. It also helps protect against viruses, bores, etc. that could otherwise deplete an entire forest that’s made up of just one or two species.
Trees also filter the air we breathe. By absorbing carbon, they reduce the impacts of climate change, and the leaves also produce oxygen for us to breathe.
When planted along shorelines and islands, these trees produce shade over our waterways, keeping them cool for aquatic life and reducing the intensity of algae blooms and eutrophication of our waters. They also keep humans and wildlife safe and cool during hot and steamy summers.
Aside from all the health and wildlife benefits, trees are just plain beautiful and increase aesthetics everywhere they are planted.
Perhaps the most important part of this project is the community involvement. Thousands of volunteers annually help LL&W with packaging and planting trees throughout the Midwest.
For more information about our MillionTrees Project, please contact Ashley Stover 309.737.5913. Click here for a downloadable version of our Planting & Care Instructions. For the 2013 specific species information see the attached document here.