Clackamas County Forester Tom Ortman helping a Cub Scout plant trees to restore riparian habitat
In the past few years, the Clackamas County Forest Program has worked with ReTree International to sponsor several planting projects with children within the county. In 2001, the Clackamas County Forest Program was awarded a grant that was used to implement a youth planting program called "Community Forest Partners". Funds for the program come to the county through the federal "Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000", commonly referred to as the County Safety-Net Legislation. The goals of Community Forest Partners are:
1. To reforest lands currently covered with brush.
2. To improve waterways as well as fish and wildlife habitat within the county.
3. To improve the aesthetic quality of public lands within the county.
4. To give youth the opportunity to perform community service projects while learning about natural resource management.
The county is beginning its fourth year of receiving funds from this grant. During the first three years about 860 children planted 10,000 native trees and shrubs on 33.25 acres throughout the county. Approximately 390 adults have also participated. The Clackamas County Forest Program works with ReTree on these projects thanks to the support and hard work of County Forester Tom Ortman and County Tree Planting Coordinator Molly McKnight, who are also on the ReTree International Board of Directors.
LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
The International Association of Lions Clubs is located in Oak Brook, IL and is the largest service organization in the world. As of July 31, 2001 Lions Clubs International had 1,395,329 members in 44,700 clubs and 735 districts in 186 different countries and geographic areas. It's mission statement is "To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation." www.lionsclubs.org
The Cascade Pacific Council, Boy Scouts of America, is the fourteenth largest council in the United States. It serves more than 52,000 youth in 18 counties in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. The Scouting program is delivered through more than 1,500 Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, Venturing crews, Explorer posts and Learning for Life programs, whose chartered partners include local schools, churches, service clubs, parent groups, government agencies and participating organizations. The Cascade Pacific Council has been a partner with ReTree since the first year of the Guy Miller program with Scouts doing the tree planting. www.cpcbsa.org
The Cascade Pacific Council/Boy Scouts of America was named a recipient of The National Arbor Day Foundation's Project Award in 2002. Each year this Foundation recognizes outstanding projects and educational efforts to foster attainment of J. Sterling Morton's goal of responsible stewardship to benefit mankind now and in generations to come. Don Kistner, Co-Chair of the Guy Miller Tree Plant Program, submitted the nomination of the Cascade Pacific Council's tree planting efforts to the National Arbor Day Foundation. ReTree International President Don Potter attended the 30th annual National Arbor Day Awards Banquet and Ceremonies in Nebraska City, Nebraska on April 26-27, 2002 to accept the award.
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